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McConnell tells senators he might scrap August recess
In the News

May 22, 2018

Republican senators say Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is seriously considering canceling part or all of the August recess as leadership plays catch up on confirming President Trump's nominees and funding the government.

The Hill


Meet the members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ advising John Bolton
In the News

May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON — In the weeks after President Trump chose John Bolton to be his third national security adviser in March, Mr. Bolton, a veteran of the George W. Bush State Department whose bellicose manner kept him from a high-level job at the beginning of the Trump administration, engaged in his own speeded-up transition process, aided by a handful of longtime associates.

The New York Times


Trump claims Democrats 'obstruct' his nominees, but it's much more nuanced than that
In the News

May 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – When President Trump talks about the hundreds of vacancies scattered across his administration he’s clear about where he places the blame: “Obstructionist” Democrats, he says at rallies and on Twitter, are slow walking his picks.

USA Today


“This could go to Hell in a handbag”: Is John Bolton playing games with Trump?
In the News

May 18, 2018

After weeks of cheery rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the prospect for historic nuclear talks next month, the disconcerting congeniality was punctured on Wednesday when Pyongyang suddenly cast doubt on the summit and placed the blame squarely on National Security Adviser John Bolton. “It is absolutely absurd to compare the D.P.R.K., a nuclear weapons state, to Libya, which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development,” Kim Kye Gwan, the vice foreign minister of North Korea, said in reference to Bolton’s declaration last month that the 2003 disarmament of Libya should be a “model” for the ongoing negotiations. Those remarks had echoed in the State Department, too. The Libya model, as Kim well knows, didn’t end well for Muammar Qaddafi, who was driven out of power in 2011 after an extensive NATO bombing campaign. The Libyan dictator, who had ruled his country with an iron fist for decades, was later found cowering in a drainage pipe; a graphic video of his last moments shows rebel fighters sodomizing him with a bayonet before shooting him. North Korean leadership has long pointed to Libya as precisely the outcome they are trying to avoid by keeping their nuclear program.

Vanity Fair


How Baby Boomers broke America
In the News

May 17, 2018

Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest democracy and economy become a land of crumbling roads, galloping income inequality, bitter polarization and dysfunctional government?

TIME


Why is Trump’s executive order boosting CIOs needed when there’s FITARA?
In the News

May 17, 2018

President Donald Trump on May 15 released an executive order that would empower agency chief information officers, granting them more authority over budgets, hiring and overseeing IT processes.   

Government CIO Media


Pompeo lifts hiring freeze at State Department
In the News

May 15, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is lifting the hiring freeze on the Foreign and Civil services imposed by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. In a memo, Pompeo announced he was authorizing the State Department to "hire to current funding levels."

The Hill


Senate GOP weighs curbing August recess
In the News

May 15, 2018

Senate Republicans are actively discussing canceling part — or all — of the August recess in order to catch up on funding the government and approving President Trump’s nominations. 

The Hill


Trump vs. the “Deep State”
In the News

May 14, 2018

How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.

The New Yorker


Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules
In the News

May 14, 2018

Frustrated with what he calls Democratic obstruction, President Trump is expected to press Senate Republicans during a lunch Tuesday to change the rules to speed up consideration of his nominees for vacant court seats and executive posts. 

The Hill


Trump: Senate should approve spending bill with wall, border money or skip August break
In the News

May 12, 2018

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump said Saturday that the Senate should approve a government spending package that includes funding for border security and a wall before the August break or not go on recess.

CNN


Pon hints at major changes coming to federal compensation system
In the News

May 10, 2018

In a town hall held by the Partnership for Public Service this week, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) director Dr. Jeff Pon alluded to more significant changes coming to the compensation system for federal employees.

FedSmith


Marketing your mission and other ideas to help agencies attract young talent
In the News

May 10, 2018

The administration wants more young people in its government ranks, especially in tech.

Nextgov


Trump’s aides defend pay freeze and retirement cuts, but raise unanswered questions
In the News

May 10, 2018

Key players driving President Trump’s management agenda championed plans to freeze federal pay and cut retirement benefits, while raising as many questions as answers at a civil service forum Wednesday.

The Washington Post


OPM’s Pon wants broad direct-hire authority for STEM, cybersecurity jobs
In the News

May 09, 2018

Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon said Wednesday that part of his efforts to overhaul the civil service system will include broadening hiring authorities, starting with defense and intelligence-related agencies looking to procure more STEM talent.

FedScoop


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