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Trump’s just not filling jobs in his administration
In the News

March 06, 2018

The huge bureaucracy of the U.S. government relies on scads of political appointees to implement policies across all the various agencies. When a new administration takes power, the president is responsible for appointing more than 4,000 government officials, and the Constitution requires Senate approval for 1,212 of these positions.

Vice


How can agencies focus on the workforce during reorgs?
In the News

March 06, 2018

The nation's top human resources officer said that even agencies planning for lower budgets and reduced headcount can't skimp on employee engagement.

Federal Computer Week


Trump defends West Wing turnover: ‘I like conflict’
In the News

March 06, 2018

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Tuesday described West Wing conflict as beneficial to his decision-making process and said “everybody” wants to work on his staff, dismissing suggestions the administration was in turmoil after the departure of several senior aides in recent months.

The Wall Street Journal


Trump on White House chaos: 'I like conflict'
In the News

March 06, 2018

WASHINGTON — Amid unusually high staff turnover, confusion over major policies, and unexpected salvos from the tweeter-in-chief, President Trump on Tuesday portrayed the White House as a dream place to work but admitted: “I like conflict.”

Yahoo


Government’s customer experience comeback
In the News

March 05, 2018

With the release of the fiscal 2019 budget proposal on Feb. 12, the White House sent a strong signal that improving customer interactions with government will be a major management priority.

Government Executive


'Where is everybody?' senators ask of missing Trump picks
In the News

March 05, 2018

A slew of high-profile vacancies that continue to plague energy and environmental agencies more than a year after President Trump took office are sowing confusion on Capitol Hill and slowing federal actions.

E&E News


How agencies can effectively implement artificial intelligence
In the News

March 05, 2018

As the public sector adopts new technologies to improve operations and service delivery, artificial intelligence and machine learning offer agencies new potential for improving interaction with citizens and making better decisions. But implementing AI well requires a focus on sound technology management and attention to critical details.

NextGov


Fed Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times
In the News

March 01, 2018

Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch. Yet leaders are still expected to have the answers and provide stability.

The Washington Post


Jared Kushner flames out
In the News

March 01, 2018

Bad advice, shady deals and incompetence define the presidential son-in-law’s tenure at the White House.

The New York Times


Zinke marks Year One with nominee backlog
In the News

March 01, 2018

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Today marks one year with Ryan Zinke at the helm of Interior — and the department he heads is still largely lacking in its build-out, according to the secretary and at least one senator who has been keeping close eye. When the former Montana lawmaker was confirmed a year ago, he pledged to uphold the values of President Theodore Roosevelt and protect public lands. In the time since, Zinke has shrunk national monuments and come under heavy scrutiny for his travel and meetings with big donors. And he's faced considerable blowback from states of late over Interior’s controversial expanded offshore drilling proposal.

POLITICO


Tim McManus: Federal workforce in need of young, fresh cyber talent
In the News

February 28, 2018

Like its predecessors, the Trump administration has been emphasizing cybersecurity and protecting federal systems. That takes talent. Because of how fast things change, the government needs young talent and that’s a perennial challenge. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the growing need and recruitment techniques.

Federal News Radio


Playbook Power Briefing: SUPREME COURT pauses IMMIGRATION WARS on the Hill … for now
In the News

February 26, 2018

The Partnership for Public Service has hired Meroe Park, a former longtime CIA official, as part of its leadership team.

E&E News


Trump reportedly considering his personal pilot to captain FAA
In the News

February 26, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration has been without a permanent chief since early this year when former President Barack Obama's appointee, Michael Huerta, stepped down. Now, according to reports, President Trump has a nominee in mind: his personal pilot.

NPR


DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke to retire in spring
In the News

February 23, 2018

After about a year-long return to government service, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke announced her plans to retire within the next two months.

Federal News Radio


After the Secretary, USDA’s 4 most important jobs remain vacant
In the News

February 22, 2018

The United States of America is 400 days into President Donald J. Trump’s administration, yet four top USDA jobs remain vacant. The vacant positions aren’t what you call insignificant. After the Secretary of Agriculture, they are likely the most important jobs at USDA, especially when it comes to delivery of USDA programs. They include:

Food Safety News


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