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New White House innovation office to focus on tech, VA and more
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump is creating a White House Office of American Innovation that will initially focus on issues such as federal technology modernization, technology procurement and overhauling systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump formally launched the office within the White House via an executive order signed Monday. Jared Kushner — Trump’s assistant to the president and senior adviser — will head up the office, spokesman Sean Spicer said in Monday’s press briefing."

Fed Scoop

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


The road to government reform is filled with landmines
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to identify duplicative and unnecessary programs and improve services holds the promise of helping bring our government into the 21st century. In many respects, we have institutions created for a different era. Our government provides exceptional services in some areas, but has not kept up with best-in-class private sector organizations in others. The moment is ripe for evaluating where we are and where we need to be in terms of the way government conducts business, manages taxpayer money and serves the needs of the American people."

Government Executive

Tag(s): Congress, management, White House


“Why the government can’t compete with Silicon Valley”
In the News

March 24, 2017

"The federal government’s tech workforce skews older. As its IT employees retire, they could be hard to replace — it’s difficult for federal agencies to attract young tech workers. You can see the federal IT worker shortage playing out on your computer screen. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a tech think tank, analyzed almost 300 of the most popular federal websites, looking at security and speed, and whether they’re mobile friendly and accessible for the disabled."

Marketplace

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s “beachhead” teams host dozens of former lobbyists
In the News

March 24, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been mired in questions about his investments in the healthcare industry. As it turns out, some of the people helping him get grounded at the department are also prompting questions about their ties with the industry.

The Center for Responsive Politics


Supreme court limits presidential appointment power
In the News

March 23, 2017

"The high court’s 6-2 ruling on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority in a National Labor Relations Board appointment. The court said a former top lawyer at the NLRB had served in violation of federal law governing such appointments. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Obama appointee Lafe Solomon was not allowed to serve as acting general counsel of the NLRB while he was, at the same time, nominated to fill that role permanently, pending Senate confirmation."

Fox News

Tag(s): appointments, White House


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


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


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


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