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Spending measure could disrupt Trump’s plans to cut agencies
In the News

March 30, 2018

President Trump sounded disgusted when he grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan last week.

The Washington Post


Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience
In the News

March 30, 2018

An obscure White House office responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of political appointees has suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff, hobbling the Trump administration’s efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government, documents and interviews show.

The Washington Post


Office that vets Trump appointees faces staff shortage, inexperience: report
In the News

March 30, 2018

A White House office charged with vetting new appointees to the Trump administration suffers from staff shortages and inexperienced personnel, according to a Washington Post report.

The Hill


Report: Office responsible for vetting Trump appointees plagued by personnel problems
In the News

March 30, 2018

The office responsible for finding and vetting Trump administration political appointees is plagued with personnel concerns of its own, according to a new Washington Post investigation. 

CBS


White House office that vets staff suffering due to inexperience
In the News

March 30, 2018

The White House office that vets the president's political appointees is hampered by a small and inexperienced staff, The Washington Post reports.

Newsmax


How your agency should think about legacy system modernization
In the News

March 30, 2018

Aside perhaps from the continued focus on cybersecurity, there is no bigger trend in federal technology in 2018 than the push for legacy system modernization.

FedTech Magazine


Appointee watch: Another cabinet post shuffle
In the News

March 29, 2018

President Trump continued his effort to reshape the top levels of his administration Wednesday, announcing via Tweet that he had ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and that he would nominate White House physician Ronny Jackson to succeed him.

Government Executive


Sidestepping some of the partisan debate
In the News

March 29, 2018

Not all leaders are able to — or want to — take sides in social and political issues. Many, in fact, hold neutrality as a core component of their strategy. But maintaining nonpartisanship in an increasingly polarized world is a difficult task. It means — in some ways — that those leaders have to become activists for neutrality. Perhaps no one has a better understanding of how this works than Max Stier, the CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that works with political administrations to hire and train political appointees.

Harvard Business Review


GOP ponders how to fill rest of 2018
In the News

March 28, 2018

Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year after passing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package. 

The Hill


Mallory Barg Bulman: What it will take to enact President’s Management Agenda
In the News

March 28, 2018

Among the more ambitious provisions in the President’s Management Agenda, which was released last week, is a promise to work with Congress to totally redo the federal employment system. So far not much between the Trump White House and Congress has gone very smoothly. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what it might take.

Federal News Radio


Trump faults Democrats as top jobs remain unfilled, but he bears blame (and Senate Republicans too)
In the News

March 25, 2018

As President Trump seeks a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a new trade pact with South Korea, he has yet to name an ambassador to the Korean peninsula. Nearly every major Mideast capital has no U.S. ambassador. Amid a national gun debate, he has not chosen a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His budget director is doing double duty as chief of a consumer agency.

Los Angeles Times


Trump is running a ‘Home Alone’ administration
In the News

March 25, 2018

President Trump moved this month to beef up his White House staff, adding former Reagan budget official Larry Kudlow as his chief economic adviser and John Bolton, another Reagan veteran, to head his National Security Council. But 14 months into his term, the president will have to do a lot better if he’s going to fill out an administration that in many areas has so many vacancies, it is still in “Home Alone” status.

The National Review


Partnership, SEA find positives in management agenda
In the News

March 22, 2018

The newly issued President’s Management Agenda reflects several good-government approaches that have been long under consideration, the Partnership for Public Service and the Senior Executives Association have said.

FEDweek


Power Briefing: Zuckerberg summoned to Hill, while Omnibus looks good
In the News

March 22, 2018

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- A BIG DEAL! -- “House committee will summon Zuckerberg to testify,” by John Hendel: “The House Energy and Commerce Committee will summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify, following recent revelations that Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained information on some 50 million Facebook users.

Politico


How many ways are there to leave the Trump administration?
In the News

March 21, 2018

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon told us there were 50 ways to leave your lover: just slip out the back, Jack; make a new plan, Stan; hop on the bus, Gus: just drop off the key, Lee.

The Hill


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