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Senate to delay August recess to deal with healthcare, other matters
In the News

July 11, 2017

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the annual August recess will be delayed three weeks to deal with healthcare, taxes, the budget and presidential nominations. "In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August," McConnell said in a statement.

UPI


Trump White House Staff Filled With Washington Insiders Despite 'Drain The Swamp' Pledge
In the News

July 10, 2017

Despite his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” as president, Donald Trump’s White House features the former Capitol Hill staffers, Republican National Committee staffers, elite D.C. lawyers and career employees one would expect from a typical GOP administration. Approximately 70 percent of Trump’s White House staff were working in D.C. before the start of the administration, according to a Newsweek analysis of White House employees and detailees, staff who are on loan from other federal agencies.

Newsweek


Running the Schumer Blockade
In the News

July 10, 2017

The Trump Presidency is well into its seventh month but the Trump Administration still barely exists. Senate Democrats are abusing Senate rules to undermine the executive branch, and Republicans need to restore normal order.

The Wall Street Journal


Future of Office of Government Ethics includes keeping out of limelight, feds out of trouble
In the News

July 10, 2017

Walter Shaub’s departure as director of the Office of Government Ethics leaves not only a vacancy in an already small office, but a big question mark as to who will take the reins of a relatively unknown agency thrust into the spotlight thanks to its combative relationship with the new administration. The federal workforce and presidential appointees are familiar with the office, but outside the government realm, OGE only existed after the November election, when Shaub issued a series of tweets and made public comments on potential conflicts of interest related to President Donald Trump.

Federal News Radio


AP SPIN METER: White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees
In the News

July 10, 2017

The White House complained on Monday that Senate Democrats are obstructing President Donald Trump’s qualified nominees. Democrats say the administration has only itself to blame for the slow pace of filling vacancies. The Senate has only confirmed 48 of 197 presidential nominations to agencies, and only two of 23 judicial nominees have been confirmed, the White House said.

AP News


Nearly six months in, Trump’s portrait remains absent from federal walls
In the News

July 07, 2017

Nearly six months after President Trump's inauguration, there's something missing from courthouses and federal buildings across the country: his official portrait. Typically, taking the new portrait photo that hangs in over 7,000 agencies and office buildings around the country is among the first orders of business for a new president.

The Hill


Appointee Watch: Trump Announces Picks for Justice, State and Other Agencies
In the News

July 07, 2017

The big news in federal staffing this week was the abrupt resignation of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub on Thursday. As Charlie Clark reported, although Shaub’s term runs until January, he will leave his post on July 19.

Government Executive


Trump administration goes on a nomination spree
In the News

July 07, 2017

Nominations sent to the Senate by the Trump administration have picked up, with 44% of the total nominations so far coming in June, according to data from Partnership for Public Service. Why it matters: Although the administration is making progress, Trump's nominations have been delayed from the start and there are around 1,200 federal positions total to fill, per the 2016 Plumb Book, which tracks presidentially appointed positions.

Axios


Federal employee civil service protections outdated? The experts speak.
In the News

July 07, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a game-changer for the federal workforce and a reason to worry about the future of due process for federal employees. At the legislation’s recent White House signing ceremony, President Trump put the government’s workforce in general on notice when he said “outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”

Washington Post


26 key bioterrorism jobs the Trump administration has not yet filled
In the News

July 07, 2017

Biological threats pose some of the gravest health risks in our increasingly interconnected world. They can be naturally occurring, such as outbreaks of Ebola infections, or bioterrorism, such as the anthrax attacks in 2001. A study reported this week renews worries about human-made biological agents.

 

Washington Post


Ethics Office Director Resigns to Join Watchdog Group
In the News

July 06, 2017

The director of the federal Office of Government Ethics, who has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration, announced Thursday he will step down before his term ends to join a nonpartisan watchdog organization. Walter Shaub Jr. is leaving the post he’s held since January 2013 to become senior director for ethics at the Campaign Legal Center. Shaub’s resignation and new position take effect July 19.

Roll Call


Half of Trump’s major federal agencies still only have one Senate-confirmed appointee
In the News

June 27, 2017

President Trump has a major staffing problem. He has been president for five months, and yet his agencies are severely understaffed at the highest levels. And, no, it's not all Senate Democrats' fault.

The Washington Post


Trump's rows of unfilled agency jobs could bump up against vacancies act
In the News

June 23, 2017

New presidential administrations get a break under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act: an extra 90 days to fill top agency jobs in addition to the 210-day maximum for which acting officials can fill in. But according to the latest tracker by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, Trump has submitted no nominee for 396 of the key agency posts, has nominated 104 people and has had only 45 confirmed.

 

Government Executive


Appointee watch: Senators grill Defense pick, confirm FEMA Director
In the News

June 21, 2017

While in recent weeks, several nominees to key positions in the Trump administration had relatively quiet confirmation processes, the same could not be said for the White House’s pick for deputy Defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan. The Washington Post reported that on Tuesday, Shanahan faced stark criticism from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who questioned his relative lack of experience in the Defense Department and what they perceived as inadequate answers to policy questions.

Government Executive


Jennifer Rubin: President Trump issues orders, but is anyone listening?
In the News

June 21, 2017

President Trump, used to dazzling the gullible with showmanship and exaggerated promises (lies, in other words), seems to think that the federal government can be run by 20 of his closest aides. He imagines — or would have us imagine — that tweeting or sending out a raft of executive orders constitutes governing.

The Washington Post


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