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New report helps explain Trump World’s many vetting failures
In the News

April 02, 2018

There are 652 key positions in the executive branch that require Senate confirmation, and as of this morning, Donald Trump’s White House hasn’t nominated anyone for one-third of those posts. Making matters slightly worse, when the president does choose people for vacancies, it often seems as if the White House hasn’t made any serious attempt at vetting these nominees before they reach Capitol Hill for consideration.

MSNBC


Trump blames 'disgraceful' Democrats for stonewalling confirmation of administration officials
In the News

April 02, 2018

President Trump slammed "disgraceful" Democratic senators on Monday for holding up the confirmation of key officials to his administration.

The Washington Examiner


Shulkin says he did not leave office willingly, setting up fight over his successor
In the News

April 01, 2018

Former veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin said Sunday that he did not voluntarily leave his office, clashing with the White House’s description of his exit and adding to questions about who will run the department until a new secretary is confirmed.

The Washington Post


Hired and fired: The unprecedented turnover of the Trump administration
In the News

March 31, 2018

President Trump’s record-breaking staff churn continues, with departures of top officials becoming routine. It has not been this way in past administrations.

The New York Times


Federal workers spill on life in Trump's Washington
In the News

March 30, 2018

One Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow eagerly returned to teaching after listening to Betsy DeVos bash public schools. And one Environmental Protection Agency official said staffers are distraught at having to personally dismantle regulations they spent years crafting.

Politico


Spending measure could disrupt Trump’s plans to cut agencies
In the News

March 30, 2018

President Trump sounded disgusted when he grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan last week.

The Washington Post


Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience
In the News

March 30, 2018

An obscure White House office responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of political appointees has suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff, hobbling the Trump administration’s efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government, documents and interviews show.

The Washington Post


Office that vets Trump appointees faces staff shortage, inexperience: report
In the News

March 30, 2018

A White House office charged with vetting new appointees to the Trump administration suffers from staff shortages and inexperienced personnel, according to a Washington Post report.

The Hill


Report: Office responsible for vetting Trump appointees plagued by personnel problems
In the News

March 30, 2018

The office responsible for finding and vetting Trump administration political appointees is plagued with personnel concerns of its own, according to a new Washington Post investigation. 

CBS


White House office that vets staff suffering due to inexperience
In the News

March 30, 2018

The White House office that vets the president's political appointees is hampered by a small and inexperienced staff, The Washington Post reports.

Newsmax


How your agency should think about legacy system modernization
In the News

March 30, 2018

Aside perhaps from the continued focus on cybersecurity, there is no bigger trend in federal technology in 2018 than the push for legacy system modernization.

FedTech Magazine


Appointee watch: Another cabinet post shuffle
In the News

March 29, 2018

President Trump continued his effort to reshape the top levels of his administration Wednesday, announcing via Tweet that he had ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and that he would nominate White House physician Ronny Jackson to succeed him.

Government Executive


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


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