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“Why the “Trump” State Department still loves George Soros”
In the News

April 07, 2017

"The failure of the Trump administration thus far to staff up the executive branch is hurting the conservative policy agenda and thwarting the will of the voters. And six Republican senators who asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to probe whether foreign aid is promoting a progressive agenda around the world just got an abject lesson in how."

New York Post

Tag(s): agencies, Congress, White House


Axios AM: Another big thing: Governing from 1 building
In the News

April 06, 2017

"According to the Political Appointee Tracker of the Partnership for Public Service, of 553 key positions in the Trump administration requiring Senate confirmation, 486 have no nominee, 24 are awaiting nomination, 21have been nominated and 22 confirmed."

Axios

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


GOP senators push Trump to fill administration posts
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Republican senators are growing impatient with the White House’s slow pace in filling out the administration and are pushing President Trump to speed the nomination process, concerned that the dearth of Cabinet deputies could hamper the executive branch’s ability to function."

Real Clear Politics

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House


The White House thinks this chart is proof that Trump’s team is better than Obama’s. It isn’t.
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Yes, the percentage of Trump’s initial hires with complex filings (as defined by OGE) was indeed higher than it was for Obama. But that’s mainly a result of the fact that Trump has been so much slower to actually stock his administration, meaning there are fewer executive branch employees to file the forms in the first place."

Slate

Tag(s): data, ethics, White House


Kelly promises new DHS morale turnaround, leadership strategy
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Lawmakers are encouraged by recent comments from the Homeland Security Department’s new leader, Secretary John Kelly, who indicated that after years of low employee morale and poor perceptions of DHS leadership, things are about to change."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management


Republicans considering broader change to Senate rules
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Republicans are discussing making an additional change to the Senate’s rules to more quickly confirm President Trump’s nominees. The change is separate from an expected vote Thursday that would prevent Democrats from using a filibuster to block Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch."

The Hill

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House


“Jared Kushner, Trump adviser: administration can’t fill jobs, so Ivanka’s husband takes them all”
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Nearly three months into the Donald Trump presidency, nearly half the top jobs in the State Department remained vacant. The administration hasn't nominated a deputy secretary to serve under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nor has it nominated a deputy secretary for the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and the Interior. Of 553 key positions requiring senate confirmation, 486 of them do not yet have a nominee, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks political appointees."

International Business Times

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump loyalists reshuffled at key agencies
In the News

April 05, 2017

"As the Trump administration continues to navigate a rocky first 100 days, it is reshuffling staff --including a fleet of campaign loyalists. About a dozen temporary political appointees on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “beachhead” team -- placed in the agency beginning on Inauguration Day -- were notified last week they would not receive permanent positions at the department. Almost all were for"

CBS News

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


‘It is a mess’—downsizing won’t be easy
In the News

April 05, 2017

"How you do lay off thousands of U.S. EPA employees? Slowly — and painfully. President Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year would slash EPA funding by 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, leading to 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. Shrinking the EPA workforce by that much would require serious time and effort — identifying the makeup of every worker, consulting with outside agencies, negotiating with various unions."

E&E News

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Morning agenda: Understaffed Treasury isn’t ready for tax overhaul
In the News

April 04, 2017

"President Trump has promised to overhaul a pledge that has cheered investors. But there's a problem: He hasn't yet names the people who would do it."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


'It went off the rails almost immediately’: How Trump’s messy transition led to a chaotic presidency
In the News

April 04, 2017

"Two days after the November election, leaders of President Trump’s transition team presented his inner circle with more than 100 names of candidates for key Cabinet and other senior positions in the new administration. Missing from the list for the post of national security adviser was retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to two knowledgeable officials."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


“Trump’s fake “town hall’ was like a bad episode of VEEP”
In the News

April 04, 2017

"America’s first C.E.O. president, Donald Trump, held a “town hall” at the White House on Tuesday to discuss “the American business climate.” And, as usual, it was exactly the sort of slow-moving train wreck to which we have gradually become inured over the past several months."

Vanity Fair

Tag(s): White House


‘The fear is real’ Congress could enact Trump-level budget cuts
In the News

April 03, 2017

"A majority of federal employees who took a Federal News Radio survey said they believe Congress will make good on President Donald Trump’s proposed civilian agency cuts for fiscal 2018. And while the looming threat of cuts has put a damper on workforce morale, most respondents plan to stay on-the-job at their federal outposts."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): budget, Congress, White House


“Trump is ready for tax cuts, but his Treasury Department isn’t”
In the News

April 03, 2017

"After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative inititative, a tax overhaul. "Obviously, we're driving the train on this," said Sean Spicer, the president's spokesman."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Meet the Obama holdovers who survived Trump’s sweep
In the News

April 01, 2017

"Anytime there is a change in administrations, career government officials face a tricky transition. But that process has been particularly difficult under Mr. Trump, because of the insurgent nature of his campaign and his deep suspicion of the permanent bureaucracy."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointees, management, White House


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