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New OMB performance mgmt. guidance comes down too harshly on poor performers, experts say
In the News

April 14, 2017

"Human capital experts have long argued federal managers lack the tools they need to be good supervisors — leaders who empower their employees to perform at a high level, while recruiting and retaining new talent and eliminating those who can’t or refuse to meet their agency’s mission. The Office of Management and Budget’s recent government restructuring memo acknowledges those challenges and even sets agencies on a path to tackle some of them, but some experts say the emphasis on poor performers in the guidance is too strong."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump administration hasn’t even named candidates for hundreds of key positions
In the News

April 13, 2017

"Despite an ambitious agenda, the Trump administration is wrapping up its first 100 days with a long list of campaign promises to work on — and a longer list of White House positions that remain empty. Some three months into Trump's term, two of his nominees, Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta and Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue, have yet to be confirmed. The delays are far longer than for any of the last six administrations."

CNBC

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump blasts obstructionism that exists only in his mind
In the News

April 13, 2017

"In late February, Donald Trump sat down with Fox News, which asked the president about the vacancies in key posts throughout his administration. Trump said the question was based on a faulty assumption."

MSNBC

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House


Trump transition the slowest in decades
In the News

April 13, 2017

"The Trump administration is appointing Senate-confirmed positions, including those critical to national security, at a historically slow pace, according to experts tracking the effort to staff up the government. Terry Sullivan, executive director of the nonpartisan White House Transition Project, characterized the progress as "slow -- in every dimension."

FCW

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


SEC sees transition as opportunity to involve employees in engagement improvements
In the News

April 12, 2017

"The Securities and Exchange Commission sees transition years like this one as an opportunity to capitalize on recent improvements it’s made on employee engagement. The SEC jumped from 27th to sixth on the Best Places to Work rankings over the past five years. The Partnership for Public Service in 2016 recognized SEC as the “most improved” among mid-sized agencies. It raised its index score by 7.5 points in 2016."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, transition management


DeVos announces Education Departments hires
In the News

April 12, 2017

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced the names of personnel who will serve in key leadership positions at the Education Department, a move that comes after she spent the first two months of her tenure operating with a skeletal beachhead team."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, transition management


Donald Trump’s long March problem
In the News

April 12, 2017

"A new president needs to staff his administration with people who will be loyal to him. Donald Trump's problem is that he does not have enough loyalists to staff the White House, much less the entire executive branch."

Washington Examiner

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


’If you’re a really good federal worker, you should welcome’ the reorganization plan, OMB says
In the News

April 12, 2017

"The Office of Management and Budget’s new memo on reorganizing and restructuring makes clear what President Donald Trump has long suggested — that his administration can run the government more efficiently and effectively with a smaller federal workforce. But OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said federal employees shouldn’t be depressed by the possibility of cuts. They should welcome the opportunity to create a more efficient and effective government — and get recognized for their good work, he said."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management, Office of Management and Budget


Give Budget Director Mick Mulvaney a beer and he’ll tell you a lot
In the News

April 12, 2017

"Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sat down with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times the other day, literally over a beer, to talk things over. Mulvaney wanted to clarify a few points about the White House’s plans for the budget. They talked for a while, but we picked a few major things — the hiring freeze, federal debt and infrastructure — and teased 'em out a bit: Lifting the federal hiring freeze"

Marketplace

Tag(s): management, Office of Management and Budget, White House


Why the Trump administration has so many vacancies
In the News

April 11, 2017

"Hundreds of key jobs across the federal government remain vacant as a result of an overworked White House personnel office that is frustrating Cabinet secretaries and hampering President Donald Trump’s ability to carry out his ambitious legislative agenda. The process is bogged down as a result of micromanaging by the president and senior staff, turf wars between the West Wing and Cabinet secretaries and a largely inexperienced and overworked staff, say more than a dozen sources including administration insiders, lobbyists, lawyers and Republican strategists."

Politico

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State
In the News

April 11, 2017

"President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's deputy, the White House announced Tuesday."

CNN

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, White House


USA TODAY roundtable to explore Trump's first 100 days, and the years to follow
In the News

April 11, 2017
There's no question President Trump has had a bumpy start in the White House, but does that signal turmoil for the rest of his tenure? Presidential experts and veterans of the past White House staffs will consider Trump's first 100 days in office and put it in historic context in a USA TODAY roundtable on Monday, April 24.

USA Today


Feds’ best places to work might not be so good for long
In the News

April 10, 2017

"The best places to work in the federal government won’t be very good very long if President Trump gets his budget. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) issued that warning in his opening statement to a House hearing last week. The Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee session was called to explore the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


The Trump administration needs to fill key foreign policy positions in the State Department
In the News

April 10, 2017

"The U.S. State Department is America’s connection the outside world, an architect of diplomatic missions and initiatives that bridge our culture and values with that of the nearly 200 other sovereign states. But how can the State Department ever fulfill any of these needs if it is without its own top leadership?"

The State Press

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Trump is crippling his own administration
In the News

April 10, 2017

"PRETTY SOON, the Trump administration may trot out 100 or 200 new appointees to high-level positions in the U.S. government that require Senate confirmation. We hope these appointees are at least well along in the pipeline. As it stands now, President Trump is falling behind the pace of his recent predecessors in filling jobs in vital areas such as public health, foreign policy and military affairs, among others. While every administration moves too slowly, a prolonged period of empty chairs could hamper crisis management and weaken U.S. policy over the long term."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


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