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Reading between the lines on agency mission statements
In the News

March 09, 2018

Earlier this week, an executive at the Housing and Urban Development Department reportedly sent a memo to senior political staff announcing a change in the 53-year-old agency’s mission statement—one of a half-dozen agencies or offices to change, or consider changes, to their stated core values since the start of the Trump administration.

Government Executive


Injured nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.
In the News

March 09, 2018

An advisory board of scientists, doctors and worker advocates helped ensure that nuclear workers exposed to toxins received proper compensation. The terms of nearly all board members expired last month — and no new members have been appointed.

ProPublica


GAO: SSA chief has been 'acting' too long
In the News

March 09, 2018

For the first time, an acting senior official elevated under the Trump administration has been cited for holding down a political job longer than allowed under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Federal Computer Week


Wanted: Public servants
In the News

March 09, 2018

Wanted: White House staffer. It includes long hours, a boss who might ridicule you on Twitter, give you a humiliating nickname and make you constantly worry about your job security. Pay is less than you'd make in the private sector – even lower when you subtract the amount you'll have to pay a lawyer, even if you did nothing illegal. The big payoff is notoriety – or a return to your old job in the private sector, assuming they'll have you.

U.S. News and World Report


Vacancies aren't unique to Trump. States struggle to fill top positions, too.
In the News

March 08, 2018

Almost 14 months into Donald Trump’s presidency, there are still more than 200 top positions that are vacant or filled with an interim director. Among the agencies lacking permanent leadership are the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Highway Administration and the Food Safety and Inspection Service. As tensions with North Korea rise, the fact that the administration has yet to nominate someone to be the next ambassador for South Korea has attracted much controversy.

Governing Magazine


Senate confirmations bring permanent leadership to OPM for first time in more than 2 years
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed Jeff Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, bringing permanent leadership to the agency for the first time in more than two years.

Federal News Radio


OPM gets a permanent director after nearly 3 years of acting leaders
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate confirmed by voice vote Wednesday night President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, officially ending a months-long standoff over his nomination.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: HR leaders confirmed, while another official resigns
In the News

March 08, 2018

Leading the news in the world of presidential appointments this week is the Senate’s vote Wednesday to confirm Jeff Pon as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Government Executive


Trump pick to lead federal HR office confirmed by Senate
In the News

March 08, 2018

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the government’s central HR office is now in place.

Bloomberg Government


Jeff Pon confirmed as OPM director
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate confirmed the president’s nominee to direct the Office of Personnel Management, Jeff Pon, by voice vote March 7, 2018.

Federal Times


A hollow administration?
In the News

March 08, 2018

After more than a year in office, the Trump administration is maintaining a very slow pace for filling top government jobs. The appointments tracker run by the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post shows that President Donald Trump is “months behind his predecessors in staffing up political leadership.”

Federal Computer Week


Lawmakers on both sides of aisle ramp up pressure for permanent SSA leader
In the News

March 07, 2018

The official who has been acting Social Security commissioner since the second day of the Trump administration is now serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Tuesday.

Government Executive


Congress: Lack of leadership put SSA on ‘autopilot’ for too long
In the News

March 07, 2018

The Social Security Administration for the past five years has been lead by a series of acting commissioners. Lawmakers and stakeholders agree that it’s past time for the president to appoint someone for the position in order to cut down on claims backlogs and other performance challenges.

Federal News Radio


How we compiled Trump Town
In the News

March 07, 2018

Much like previous administrations, President Donald Trump’s team has filled hundreds of appointed positions with allies who can be trusted to carry out their agenda. These appointees include campaign staff, old policy hands at conservative think tanks and former lobbyists who worked on the issues their new agencies cover.

ProPublica


How the spoils were doled out to Trump campaign workers and allies
In the News

March 07, 2018

One appointee went from “battleground states” director for the Trump presidential campaign to a role at the State Department that sent him to South Africa to meet with health officials.

The New York Times


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