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Under Trump, regulation slows to a crawl
In the News

June 07, 2017
Before he took office, Donald Trump promised to roll back the reach of the federal government, saying that he would end the "regulation industry" on the first day of his presidency. The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump's inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt.

POLITICO


Podcast: What happens when empty desks run the government
In the News

June 07, 2017
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats June 5 for “taking forever” to approve his administration’s appointees in a tweet, saying that “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”

Bloomberg BNA


“Above average” hurricane season starts without anyone running FEMA
In the News

June 06, 2017
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season started Thursday without anyone to run the two most important agencies in charge of protecting the U.S. from the violent weather.

VICE


Trump has filled just 15 percent of the government’s top science jobs
In the News

June 06, 2017
Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change.

The Washington Post


Trump is far, far behind on nominations for key posts
In the News

June 06, 2017
President Trump whines that the Senate has been slow in confirming his nominees. The statistics tell a different, jaw-dropping tale.

The Washington Post


How Trump is stalling his own nominees
In the News

June 06, 2017
President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats for allegedly stalling his appointments and agenda, but it’s his own administration that is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for nominees. Trump tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30 to lead Customs and Border Protection, a critical position for his drive to revamp U.S. immigration policy.

POLITICO


Four 'preferred nominees' for top US Air Force jobs have been found, its civilian head says
In the News

June 06, 2017
The Air Force has seven politically appointed leaders that must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Only one — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson — is in office, but more could be on the way soon, Wilson said Tuesday.

Defense News


Acting U.S. ambassador in China quits over climate deal withdrawal
In the News

June 06, 2017
The acting U.S. ambassador in China has resigned after saying he could not support President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. State Department officials confirmed Tuesday that David Rank, a highly-regarded diplomat with nearly three decades of service at the State Department, had resigned his post in what they described as a "personal" decision.

Los Angeles Times


President Trump wants congress to confirm his nominees. He should appoint more
In the News

June 05, 2017
The tweet seemed straightforward enough. President Trump, in the wake of an apparent terror attack on London, opened his Twitter app and sent out one of his signature screeds. He blamed Democrats for the lack of Ambassadors—such as the one in London—to represent Washington during times of crisis.

TIME


Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)
In the News

June 05, 2017
His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the American public. We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief.

Los Angeles Times


As Trump calls for smarter terrorism strategies, his national security vacancies stand out
In the News

June 05, 2017
Britain, which holds an election Thursday, is currently arguing over whether Prime Minister Theresa May, when she was home secretary, cut police funding to a dangerously low level, in light of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. In the U.S., President Trump has reacted to the London Bridge attack with a renewed push for his "travel ban" and calls to "stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people," but he has yet to nominate an FBI director, a leader for the Transportation Security Administration, a Homeland Security Department official to take charge of securing America's cyber and physical infrastructure, a director for the National Counterterrorism Center, an assistant attorney general for national security, or, for that matter, an ambassador to Great Britain.

The Week


Trump’s sluggish hiring could hamper anti-terror plans
In the News

June 05, 2017
President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States needs to be "smart, vigilant and tough" after a terrorist attack rocked London. But the president’s counter-terrorism strategy could be hindered by dozens of vacancies across the government, not least a permanent FBI director.

POLITICO


Treasury faces full in-tray with gaps in senior ranks
In the News

June 05, 2017
The US Treasury is heading into a debt-ceiling showdown this summer that will test a department dealing with gaps in senior decision-making ranks and a packed policy agenda. Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, presides over an organisation that is ahead of most other departments in Washington in terms of political nominees to top jobs but behind compared with previous presidential administrations.

Financial Times


Trump administration posts 'help wanted' signs for government service
In the News

June 03, 2017
Many of the office suites reserved for top civilian officials at the Pentagon sit empty or have temporary fill-ins while Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis worries about North Korea and Iran. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin lacks appointed loyalists in any of the 17 top spots below him as he rewrites the nation’s byzantine tax code.

Los Angeles Times


Hurricane season starts with Trump appointees missing at FEMA and NOAA, the agencies that deal with hurricanes
In the News

June 02, 2017
The 2017 hurricane season started Thursday with no Trump Administration appointees running the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes. Five months after President Donald J. Trump was sworn in, no one has taken the reins at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of disasters such as a hurricane.

Tampa Bay Times


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