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Want to dive into the Trump job pool? Ask me anything
In the News

March 14, 2018

My grandson just graduated from college and is having a terrible time finding work. I was wondering if he would qualify for a job with the White House. I hear there’s lots of turnover.

The New York Times


Trump never filled his administration, now he's searching for replacements
In the News

March 13, 2018

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump was already far behind in staffing his administration, and then he fired his secretary of state.

CNN


Managing government as a talent driven organization
In the News

March 13, 2018

Two books published this month directly relate to the goal of improving performance. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey co-authored with Ori Brafman, Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership. Three prominent consultants drafted the second, Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First. The books focus on very different but complementary subjects central to raising workforce performance levels.

Government Executive


State Department role not limited to diplomacy
In the News

March 13, 2018

International reaction to President Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been muted. One of the few public statements today came from Germany's deputy foreign minister, who said it would not improve ties with his country. The State Department will face some tough challenges globally in the months ahead — everything from North Korea's nuclear program to the nuclear deal with Iran. But the new secretary of state will have to deal with more than just diplomacy. The State Department also plays an important economic role.

MarketPlace


Lara Trump’s claim that Trump has appointed more women than any other president
In the News

March 13, 2018

Maria Bartiromo: “The president actually has a lot of women in his administration.”

The Washington Post


Social Security is now headless because of Trump’s inaction. Will other agencies be decapitated?
In the News

March 12, 2018

President Trump’s lackadaisical approach toward political appointments has left the Social Security Administration headless. It hasn’t had a confirmed director in five years, and now it doesn’t even have an acting chief.

The Washington Post


Extended vacancies said to hamper agencies
In the News

March 12, 2018

Filling senior positions on only an acting basis–as has been done commonly during the present administration and before–contributes to a range of agency management problems, a House hearing was told.

FEDweek


Trump’s VA is purging civil servants
In the News

March 12, 2018

Last June, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to fire employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The law, a rare rollback of the federal government’s strict civil-service job protections, was intended as a much-needed fix for an organization widely perceived as broken. “VA accountability is essential to making sure that our veterans are treated with the respect they have so richly earned through their blood, sweat and tears,” Trump said that day. “Those entrusted with the sacred duty of serving our veterans will be held accountable for the care they provide.”

Politico


Stephen Colbert finds new government for Donald Trump
In the News

March 11, 2018

There have been so many firings in Washington D.C. lately, that it’s starting to get comical. On the outside, it’s starting to seem like Donald Trump has forgotten that he is the president of the United States. At the rate he fires people, it more so appears that Trump is back hosting The Celebrity Apprentice like he used to.

Last Night On


Colbert heads to D.C. to fill out Trump's government
In the News

March 11, 2018

One common theme of news coverage during the first year of the Trump's administration is that many of the high-level positions in the government remain unfilled as the White House fails to get confirmed appointees or even nominate others. According to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service's latest tracker, over 260 positions for Senate-confirmed posts are still vacant and many more lower-level positions remain empty.

Government Executive


Trump lashes out at Democrats for obstructing administration nominations in the Senate
In the News

March 11, 2018

President Trump bashed Democrats Sunday for holding up the U.S. Senate confirmation process appointing key officials to his administration.

The Washington Examiner


Stephen Colbert tries to fill all the vacant federal government positions
In the News

March 10, 2018

Last night Stephen Colbert showed more from his recent trip to D.C., wherein the Late Show host attempted to fill all the vacant positions in the federal government.

Mediaite


Reading between the lines on agency mission statements
In the News

March 09, 2018

Earlier this week, an executive at the Housing and Urban Development Department reportedly sent a memo to senior political staff announcing a change in the 53-year-old agency’s mission statement—one of a half-dozen agencies or offices to change, or consider changes, to their stated core values since the start of the Trump administration.

Government Executive


Injured nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.
In the News

March 09, 2018

An advisory board of scientists, doctors and worker advocates helped ensure that nuclear workers exposed to toxins received proper compensation. The terms of nearly all board members expired last month — and no new members have been appointed.

ProPublica


GAO: SSA chief has been 'acting' too long
In the News

March 09, 2018

For the first time, an acting senior official elevated under the Trump administration has been cited for holding down a political job longer than allowed under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Federal Computer Week


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