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Recovering from shutdown fatigue? You are not alone
In the News

February 08, 2018

Early Friday morning Congress agreed on a two-year budget deal that includes a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels through March 23. This gives the appropriations committees time to negotiate detailed appropriations and set full funding for the rest of fiscal 2018 and start the process for fiscal 2019.

GovLoop


Many top Education posts still vacant a year into DeVos tenure
In the News

February 08, 2018

Less than a third of the top posts at the Education Department have been filled in the year since Betsy DeVos was sworn in to head the agency, absences that could hinder her effectiveness, critics say.

Bloomberg


The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military
In the News

February 07, 2018

THE BIG IDEA: Averting a second shutdown tomorrow at midnight should be a given, not a benchmark for success. Appropriating money is the most fundamental obligation laid out for lawmakers in the Constitution. But here we are.

The Washington Post


A year after ascending, DeVos hails shrinking of the Education Department
In the News

February 07, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed this week that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking the role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations.

The Washington Post


Morning Trade: International tax provisions to pose toughest hurdles, economists say
In the News

February 05, 2018

News of the two empty ambassador positions — to important trading partners in the Asia-Pacific, no less — made us wonder just how far along the Trump administration is in getting its ambassadors nominated and confirmed. The answer is they’re less than halfway there, according to a tracker maintained by the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service.

Politico


Margot Conrad: How excepted managers can remain stress-free during a shutdown
In the News

January 31, 2018

A federal lapse in appropriations doesn’t really shut down the government, but it can disrupt things. If an employee is not furloughed, they’re forced to work without pay until the president signs an appropriations bill. How are managers supposed to handle these situations? Margot Conrad, director of education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide some insight.

Federal News Radio


Trump has left hundreds of key government positions vacant
In the News

January 30, 2018

President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union Tuesday night, a marker of his first year in office. He will, like most presidents, present big, shiny plans for the future — on the economy, on infrastructure, on immigration.

Vox


Trump's top health official traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts
In the News

January 30, 2018

The Trump administration’s top public health official bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her leadership of the agency charged with reducing tobacco use — the leading cause of preventable disease and death and an issue she had long championed.

Politico


First Read: The state of our union has become increasingly fragile
In the News

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON — On the day that President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address, the political news over the last 24 hours suggests that the state of our republic — the checks and balances, the separation of law enforcement from the White House, and the danger of foreign interference in our elections — has become increasingly fragile.

NBC


State of the federal workforce: Low
In the News

January 29, 2018

The past year has been a tough one for the federal workforce. There was a hiring freeze at many agencies. For three days earlier this month, there was a government shutdown, leaving many workers to wonder when their next paycheck would arrive.

National Public Radio


Hundreds of top government jobs under Trump are unfilled. So who’s running things?
In the News

January 29, 2018

The federal government employs 2 million civilian workers nationwide, but many positions at the top of the food chain remain empty a year into the Trump presidency. Of more than 600 key jobs filled by presidential nomination, more than half of them are currently vacant awaiting confirmation or have no nominee. Lisa Desjardins reports.

PBS News Hour


SWAMP Act would use bidding process to push agency HQs outside DC
In the News

January 29, 2018

President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to heart.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: HHS Secretary, Fed Chairman confirmed
In the News

January 29, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday night will call for a $1 trillion infrastructure program, “fair” trade policies, a wall along the Southern border, a shift to merit-based immigration, a dramatic increase in military spending, and action to combat the national drug epidemic.

Government Executive


The trait happy federal agencies have in common
In the News

January 27, 2018

Never overlooking little details can help big agencies make great leaps in employee satisfaction, according to experts speaking at the Partnership for Public Service’s 2017 Best Places to Work awards, held Jan. 26.

The Federal Times


How small, simple acts lead to big changes on Best Places to Work rankings
In the News

January 26, 2018

When sudden government shutdown planning and the crisis of the day take up the bulk of a federal manager’s work-week, it can be tough to focus in on the small things.

Federal News Radio


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