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First Read: The state of our union has become increasingly fragile
In the News

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON — On the day that President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address, the political news over the last 24 hours suggests that the state of our republic — the checks and balances, the separation of law enforcement from the White House, and the danger of foreign interference in our elections — has become increasingly fragile.

NBC


State of the federal workforce: Low
In the News

January 29, 2018

The past year has been a tough one for the federal workforce. There was a hiring freeze at many agencies. For three days earlier this month, there was a government shutdown, leaving many workers to wonder when their next paycheck would arrive.

National Public Radio


Hundreds of top government jobs under Trump are unfilled. So who’s running things?
In the News

January 29, 2018

The federal government employs 2 million civilian workers nationwide, but many positions at the top of the food chain remain empty a year into the Trump presidency. Of more than 600 key jobs filled by presidential nomination, more than half of them are currently vacant awaiting confirmation or have no nominee. Lisa Desjardins reports.

PBS News Hour


SWAMP Act would use bidding process to push agency HQs outside DC
In the News

January 29, 2018

President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to heart.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: HHS Secretary, Fed Chairman confirmed
In the News

January 29, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday night will call for a $1 trillion infrastructure program, “fair” trade policies, a wall along the Southern border, a shift to merit-based immigration, a dramatic increase in military spending, and action to combat the national drug epidemic.

Government Executive


The trait happy federal agencies have in common
In the News

January 27, 2018

Never overlooking little details can help big agencies make great leaps in employee satisfaction, according to experts speaking at the Partnership for Public Service’s 2017 Best Places to Work awards, held Jan. 26.

The Federal Times


How small, simple acts lead to big changes on Best Places to Work rankings
In the News

January 26, 2018

When sudden government shutdown planning and the crisis of the day take up the bulk of a federal manager’s work-week, it can be tough to focus in on the small things.

Federal News Radio


How agency leaders can seize the opportunity to reorganize government
In the News

January 25, 2018

The Office of Management and Budget soon will begin tracking progress on President Trump’s executive order to reorganize the executive branch.

Government Executive


Trump year two starts with major tech and cyber vacancies
In the News

January 24, 2018

Donald Trump closed the first year of his presidency this weekend with a slew of vacancies in top information technology and cybersecurity posts, an absence former officials say imperils efforts to upgrade the government’s aging IT infrastructure and could endanger national security.

NextGov


How a shutdown affects D.C.’s federal workforce
In the News

January 22, 2018

After a weekend of failed negotiations in Congress, the federal government remains partially closed on Monday, and thousands of federal workers are adjusting their schedules and productivity expectations for the week. Max Stier, the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit focused on federal government management issues, spoke to WAMU’s Jonathan Wilson about what the shutdown means for workers in the Washington region.

WAMU


What and whom does the shutdown affect?
In the News

January 22, 2018

Tommy talks with Kristine Simmons, the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Partnership for Public Service, about what the government really means.

WWL


Taking the measure of the federal workforce under Donald Trump
In the News

January 22, 2018

Politicians have often painted the federal workforce as a drag on the federal budget and burden for the taxpayer. Look no further than President Ronald Reagan, who famously said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.’ "

PolitiFact


How shutdown under Trump compares with Obama, other presidents
In the News

January 22, 2018

The three-day partial government shutdown on President Donald Trump’s first anniversary in office had some marked differences from the last shutdown in 2013, aside from the duration.

The Daily Signal


Trump has packed federal courts in his first year, pleasing once-wary conservatives
In the News

January 22, 2018

As a candidate, the ideologically flexible Donald Trump urged skeptical conservatives to support him with one simple pitch.

CNBC


Congress passes CR; White House tells feds to expect to work on Tuesday
In the News

January 22, 2018

The House passed the three-week continuing resolution that was voted up in the Senate on Jan. 22.

Federal Computer Week


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