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How COOs are indispensable to management agendas
In the News

June 20, 2017

There’s a secret weapon when it comes to moving forward on management agendas in government: chief operating officers. These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration.

Federal News Radio


How the high number of government vacancies hurts efficiency
In the News

June 20, 2017

There are more than 1,100 positions in the U.S. government that require a president's nomination and Senate approval. Only 43 of President Trump's nominees have been approved and more than 100 are awaiting confirmation. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Max Stier, president and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan nonprofit that tracks political appointments and nominations, about the impact of so many open positions.

WBUR: Here and Now


18 down, 35 to go: White House begins to pick up pace on Defense political nominations
In the News

June 20, 2017

After a period of several months in which James Mattis was the Trump Administration’s sole political appointee in the Pentagon, the nomination and confirmation process for Defense Department nominees finally appears to be picking up a bit of steam, and Mattis says more nominations are on the way. As of this time a month ago, only five prospective Defense officials were even in the confirmation process.

Federal News Radio


Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads
In the News

June 19, 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo carves out three hours almost every weekday to drive from Langley, Virginia, to the White House with his team to give President Donald Trump his national security briefing in person. The CIA director’s treks to the West Wing reflect Trump’s insistence on frequent meetings with favored members of his team.

POLITICO


Management reform efforts to meet personnel challenges
In the News

June 16, 2017

Long-standing challenges in federal personnel management lie ahead for the Trump administration in its efforts to restructure the government, a report from the Partnership for Public Service says. These include for example skills gaps identified by GAO and others in mission-critical fields such as cybersecurity, contracting and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

FEDweek


Zinke moving dozens of senior Interior Department officials in shake-up
In the News

June 16, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reassigning dozens of top career officials within his ranks, a shake-up that appears to be the start of a broad reorganization of a department that manages one-fifth of all land within the United States.

The Washington Post


Trump’s empty administration: What’s behind the high number of vacant government jobs
In the News

June 16, 2017

It's no secret that the Trump administration is way behind on filling key positions as hundreds of top jobs sit unfilled nearly 150 days into the president’s term. President Trump has complained that the process of confirming his nominees is “record-setting long” and recently took to Twitter to blame the Democrats for stalling the process.

ABC News


Trump is overdue nominating a U.S. attorney for Colorado
In the News

June 15, 2017

Colorado has not had a permanent U.S. attorney since last summer. In fact, all 93 U.S. attorney positions throughout the country are vacant because President Donald Trump has not yet nominated new ones.

 

The Denver Post


COOs can make government work better -- if they're hired
In the News

June 15, 2017

Agency chief operating officers can and should take the lead in improving government efficiency and service delivery, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. But first, agencies have to hire some COOs.

FCW: The Business of Federal Technology


Morale is down, but federal employees remain dedicated to their agency missions
In the News

June 14, 2017

The change in administrations and a series of proposals, from workforce reductions to reorganizing and streamlining government, has created uncertainty for federal employees. To get some perspective on how employees view the current situation, my organization – the Partnership for Public Service – recently conducted an online survey of individuals who have participated in our leadership development and other programs.

Huffington Post


Federal recruiting could get even harder with loan program's demise
In the News

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration wants to axe a program designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in government and the nonprofit sector, but experts said the move would jeopardize efforts to recruit the next generation of federal employees.

Government Executive


Treasury's Mnuchin asks for more power to oversee Wall Street banks
In the News

June 13, 2017

Tucked among dozens of recommendations in a report released by the Treasury Department Monday is a request to expand Mnuchin's authority as chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a regulatory group created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

CNN Money


The Trump administration struggles to bring down its own unemployment rate
In the News

June 08, 2017
There are lots of reasons people go to work in the White House: Serve their country. Be a witness to history. Change the world. Whatever the reason, ending up in front of a grand jury or testifying before Congress is not on the list.

Marketplace


Does Trump's unpredictability undermine his staff?
In the News

June 08, 2017
James Comey's opening statement reads like the test answer you're supposed to give at the end of the Human Resources training video. When your superior makes you uncomfortable should you a) explain your boundaries b) discuss the issue with your direct report c) make contemporaneous notes to lock in your recollection or d) all of the above.

CBS News


President Trump granted lawyers, lobbyists ethics waivers to work for him
In the News

June 07, 2017
Trump administration officials granted ethics waivers that allow nearly a dozen staffers sprinkled throughout government agencies to work on issues that could affect their former clients and employers, according to documents released Wednesday by the government’s top ethics watchdog.

USA Today


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