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Sidestepping some of the partisan debate
In the News

March 29, 2018

Not all leaders are able to — or want to — take sides in social and political issues. Many, in fact, hold neutrality as a core component of their strategy. But maintaining nonpartisanship in an increasingly polarized world is a difficult task. It means — in some ways — that those leaders have to become activists for neutrality. Perhaps no one has a better understanding of how this works than Max Stier, the CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that works with political administrations to hire and train political appointees.

Harvard Business Review


GOP ponders how to fill rest of 2018
In the News

March 28, 2018

Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year after passing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package. 

The Hill


Mallory Barg Bulman: What it will take to enact President’s Management Agenda
In the News

March 28, 2018

Among the more ambitious provisions in the President’s Management Agenda, which was released last week, is a promise to work with Congress to totally redo the federal employment system. So far not much between the Trump White House and Congress has gone very smoothly. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what it might take.

Federal News Radio


Trump faults Democrats as top jobs remain unfilled, but he bears blame (and Senate Republicans too)
In the News

March 25, 2018

As President Trump seeks a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a new trade pact with South Korea, he has yet to name an ambassador to the Korean peninsula. Nearly every major Mideast capital has no U.S. ambassador. Amid a national gun debate, he has not chosen a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His budget director is doing double duty as chief of a consumer agency.

Los Angeles Times


Trump is running a ‘Home Alone’ administration
In the News

March 25, 2018

President Trump moved this month to beef up his White House staff, adding former Reagan budget official Larry Kudlow as his chief economic adviser and John Bolton, another Reagan veteran, to head his National Security Council. But 14 months into his term, the president will have to do a lot better if he’s going to fill out an administration that in many areas has so many vacancies, it is still in “Home Alone” status.

The National Review


Partnership, SEA find positives in management agenda
In the News

March 22, 2018

The newly issued President’s Management Agenda reflects several good-government approaches that have been long under consideration, the Partnership for Public Service and the Senior Executives Association have said.

FEDweek


Power Briefing: Zuckerberg summoned to Hill, while Omnibus looks good
In the News

March 22, 2018

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- A BIG DEAL! -- “House committee will summon Zuckerberg to testify,” by John Hendel: “The House Energy and Commerce Committee will summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify, following recent revelations that Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained information on some 50 million Facebook users.

Politico


How many ways are there to leave the Trump administration?
In the News

March 21, 2018

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon told us there were 50 ways to leave your lover: just slip out the back, Jack; make a new plan, Stan; hop on the bus, Gus: just drop off the key, Lee.

The Hill


Trump management agenda to focus on multiagency goals
In the News

March 21, 2018

The President’s Management Agenda, released March 20, 2018, focuses on actions that can have cross-agency impact and break down systems and information silos, according to agency leaders who spoke at the agenda’s launch event in Kansas City, Mo.

Federal Times


Good government organizations can be the honest brokers we need for real reform
In the News

March 20, 2018

When we look at calls for government reform, the voices that get the most attention are often those who have the most controversial ideas. Partisan and ideological “think tanks” offer suggestions for reform that are sometimes out of the mainstream and are often rehashes of the ideas they have trotted out time after time for many years. Those voices, while they may be sharing views that they truly believe are in the best interests of the American people, tend to not represent the collective views of the people.

Chief HRO


Government needs to rethink employee compensation plans
In the News

March 20, 2018

The Office of Management and Budget is committed to improving government’s performance. But while reorganizing and eliminating unnecessary jobs could reduce costs, that does not necessarily lead to better results. Reorganizations actually tend to disrupt working relationships so, for a time at least, performance often declines. Real gains come from assembling essential talent, adopting management practices that encourage collaboration and focus on organizational goals, and empowering employees to proactively achieve goals.

Government Executive


OMB details 14 cross-agency priority goals in unveiling new President’s Management Agenda
In the News

March 20, 2018

The Trump administration isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel with its new President’s Management Agenda, which the Office of Management and Budget officially launched Tuesday morning.

Federal News Radio


Relaunch of president’s management agenda touts 'getting 'er done'
In the News

March 20, 2018

As promised in President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request, administration officials on Tuesday rolled out what they called a “relaunch” of the president’s management agenda, focusing on “execution” of government modernization ideas they acknowledged will sound familiar.

Government Executive


Here's how the Trump administration's war on the "Deep State" works
In the News

March 19, 2018

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, rumors about “deep state” Obama loyalists hiding out in federal agencies have swept through conservative circles. Mostly, it seemed like a harmless, if unpleasant, partisan parlor game.

Vice


Why Trump appointments have lagged behind other presidents
In the News

March 16, 2018

President Donald Trump has long blamed Democrats for moving his nominees through the Senate confirmation process at a sluggish pace.

PolitiFact


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