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Rex Tillerson is running the State Department into the ground
In the News

October 04, 2017

On November 10, 2016, my colleagues and I at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations gathered on the top floor of the building, which overlooks the U.N. General Assembly. My boss at the time, Ambassador Samantha Power, had convened the staff to discuss the transition in the aftermath of the election, the results of which had caught many of us by surprise. The U.S. Mission, like the State Department as a whole, brings together career Foreign and Civil Service officers with a handful of political appointees chosen by the president. Out of a staff of roughly 150 people, I was one of a few dozen political appointees.

POLITICO


Mallory Barg Bulman: Trump’s Swiss cheese administration?
In the News

October 04, 2017

With the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the Trump administration is starting to get that Swiss cheese look again. That’s two large-department openings. Plus FBI, Secret Service, the list goes on and on. For a fresh look at this recurring issue, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio


Trump has only had a full, permanent Cabinet for 94 days
In the News

October 04, 2017

President Donald Trump has been in office for 258 days. His Cabinet? Not so much. The President's Cabinet has been at full capacity -- with Senate-approved, permanent appointees -- for only 94 days so far in his term.

CNN


Fast-approaching vacancy act deadline puts some pressure on Trump to speed up appointments
In the News

September 29, 2017

After eight-plus months in office, President Trump’s transition effort continues to lag behind those of past chief executives in filling key agency jobs and that may not change despite an approaching deadline under a law limiting the duration of time acting officials can lead agencies.

Government Executive


Trump’s administration’s failure to fill key posts is alarming
In the News

September 28, 2017

President Donald Trump appears to make decisions by not making decisions.

Last week, Trump announced to the U.N. General Assembly that the United States was prepared to “destroy” North Korea if necessary, a provocation all the more jarring given America’s nuclear arsenal. If only we had an actual U.S. ambassador to South Korea to navigate the crisis — we don’t.

The Seattle Times


Empty cabinet: Education Department has highest top staff vacancy rate, at 80%
In the News

September 27, 2017

The tumultuous Trump administration has for months been criticized for its slow pace in nominating top executive branch officials. But after a summer that saw a steady uptick in announcements, one department still lags far behind: Education.

The 74


Trump aides begin looking for the exits
In the News

September 22, 2017

A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump’s first term is still months away. Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea that they’d stay for at least a year, enough to credibly say they’d served. But in the aftermath of a wave of abrupt, high-profile departures over the summer that culminated with former strategist Steve Bannon’s ouster in August, aides up and down the chain are reaching out to headhunters, lobbyists, and GOP operatives for help finding their next job.

POLITICO


‘He took the job and made it smaller’: How Rex Tillerson failed the State Department
In the News

September 20, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly is usually a time for America’s secretary of state — the country’s chief diplomat — to shine. That, to put it mildly, isn’t what’s happening with Rex Tillerson.

Vox


As Maria crosses Atlantic, National Hurricane Center has no full-time director
In the News

September 20, 2017

The National Hurricane Center has been operating without a full-time leader since May, even as major hurricanes have hit the United States and its territories in recent days and weeks.

Newsweek


Carson’s ultimate goal for HUD: ‘Heal the nation’
In the News

September 20, 2017

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled his vision for the agency in a town hall meeting with HUD employees, launching what officials are calling a multi-year reform plan. While short on details, the plan is long on ambition: reimagine the way HUD works; restore the American dream; and rethink communities in a more holistic way. The ultimate goal, Carson said, was to "heal the nation."

Government Executive


The Trump administration has yet to fill some crucial federal posts for Colorado, the region
In the News

September 17, 2017

Eight months into the Trump administration, a slate of top federal jobs in Colorado and the West remains unfilled — a hiring delay that touches everything from the environment to criminal justice and one which local leaders and activists said hampers their ability to work with the White House.

The Denver Post


The impact of digital in disaster relief and recovery
In the News

September 14, 2017

Tom Fox, vice president of leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the impact of DisasterAssistance.gov and what that site portends for government.

Government Matters


Trump’s nominees are getting confirmed at half the pace of Obama’s picks
In the News

September 14, 2017

President Donald Trump has only filled 126 of his Senate-confirmed nomination slots so far in his presidency -- a number that lags far behind the number of confirmations at this point for George W. Bush and Barack Obama. But Trump's slow pace of nominating his picks to their posts isn't the only reason he's falling behind.

CNN


Appointee watch: Nominee for FEMA’s No. 2 job withdraws
In the News

September 14, 2017

President Trump’s pick to be deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, after news reports alleging misconduct when he served in the George W. Bush administration.

Government Executive


Interior’s ‘unusual’ transfer of senior executives spurs official probe
In the News

September 12, 2017

It doesn’t smell right, so maybe an official probe will tell if it’s rotten. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is examining the extraordinary and politically suspect reassignment of dozens of Senior Executive Service (SES) members.

The Washington Post


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