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Mallory Barg Bulman: Trump administration needs to focus more on customer service
In the News

March 23, 2017

A new report urges the Trump Administration to do all it can to get federal agencies focused on customer service to make government operations more efficient and lower costs. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report put out by the Partnership and Accenture.

Federal News Radio


Trump isn’t running the government like a business
In the News

March 23, 2017

"Most businesses do business with other companies that are crucial for their success -- suppliers, distributors, lenders, advertising agencies and the like. Able executives understand the value of proven partners and treat them with respect. Trump, by contrast, has undermined our chief military alliance, NATO; heaped contempt on the leader of a vital ally, Germany; and done everything possible to antagonize a previously friendly neighbor, Mexico. Business leaders sometimes have to fight, but the smart ones avoid unnecessary quarrels with those whose cooperation they may someday need."

Town Hall

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


A question of credibility for Donald Trump
In the News

March 21, 2017

Since Donald Trump’s election, equity and bond markets have risen, business leaders are applauding his call for tax cuts, and consumer confidence in the US economy is up. But halfway through his crucial first 100 days in office, it has been tough going for the new President’s agenda that inspired much of that optimism. 

The Australian Business Review


Trump still hasn’t done very much
In the News

March 20, 2017

"Trump signed only one substantive piece of legislation since February 20, repealing a minor Obama administration rule that made it harder for the mentally ill to buy guns. Otherwise, in Month Two his impact on the laws of the United States consisted of renaming a veteran’s health clinic in western Pennsylvania and signing two symbolic bills about the importance of encouraging more women in science and technology fields."

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): transition management, White House


Overshadowed executive order sets stage for threatened federal programs, workforce. Layoffs loom.
In the News

March 20, 2017

Welcome to Trumpland — a place of endangered domestic programs and a threatened federal workforce. “Hard power” is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s description of President Trump’s proposed budget. Hardhearted is another.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s management priorities critical to policy rollouts
In the News

March 20, 2017

"While short on details, the outline of the management agenda included in the budget appears headed in the right direction, with proposals to make greater use of data for decision-making and program evaluation; holding agencies and managers accountable for performance; improving the cumbersome hiring process to better attract top talent; and streamlining the way the government buys goods and services."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Performance specialists like Trump’s management agenda
In the News

March 20, 2017

"A surprising amount of text in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 “skinny budget” released last Thursday was devoted to reforming agency management. Among the proposals were calls to reorganize government to boost efficiency, to rely on data to judge program performance, and to free managers from overly prescriptive guidance to take advantage of private-sector practices."

Government Executive

Tag(s): budget, management, White House


With no Senate-confirmed appointees, who’s helping DeVos run the Education Department?
In the News

March 19, 2017

One of the main criticisms leveled at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her confirmation process was her lack of experience in education policy, and during her often-confrontational Senate hearing, she vowed to rely on department staff to help guide her in unfamiliar territory.

The 74


Why eliminating government agencies is a lot easier said than done
In the News

March 17, 2017

"On Monday, Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," which calls for the director of the Office of Management and Budget to consult with agency heads and within a year develop a plan for improving government efficiency."

NPR

Tag(s): management, transition management, White House


Trump falling far behind in nominating State officials
In the News

March 17, 2017

"As President Donald Trump proposes to slash nearly a third from the State Department's budget, the nation's diplomatic agency grapples with a more immediate problem: a lack of top officials. Not only have no deputies been confirmed to join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but they haven't even been nominated in the first place."

CNN

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


The shallow state
In the News

March 17, 2017

"President Donald Trump and his team are famously concerned with the notion that elements of the federal government are working to covertly resist him and thwart his agenda, with some supporters applying the loaded term "deep state" to this fear."

U.S. News

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


What government reform experts think of Trump’s plan to make ‘government work again’
In the News

March 16, 2017

"Most of the news about Trump's proposed budget focuses on the numbers part -- the steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and departments like Agriculture, Labor and State; the $54 billion increase in defense spending; the elimination of nearly 20 independent agencies. But tucked inside the 53-page document from the Office of Management and Budget is a brief two-page description of how the Trump administration intends to manage the federal bureaucracy, a nod to the agency's mandate of overseeing agency performance and things like human capital, procurement and information technology."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Why President Trump is struggling to staff his government
In the News

March 16, 2017

"When a nor'easter barreled toward Washington in mid-March, Donald Trump suggested to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she postpone her upcoming…"

Time Magazine

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump’s government reorganization: hatchet job, or just major surgery?
In the News

March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s habit of appointing people to run federal agencies who have a history of very public antipathy toward those same agencies has caused many good government advocates to throw up their hands in dismay.

The Fiscal Times


President Trump is running an empty government
In the News

March 14, 2017

"President Donald Trump's self-declared war on official Washington needs soldiers. Right now he doesn't have many of them. As the New York Times chronicles at length in a new report, the Trump administration is having the slowest transition in decades, far behind where his predecessors usually were seven weeks into the job. Trump has filled most of his Cabinet, but he has not nominated anyone for more than 500 other vital posts."

Vox

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


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