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The shallow state
In the News

March 17, 2017

"President Donald Trump and his team are famously concerned with the notion that elements of the federal government are working to covertly resist him and thwart his agenda, with some supporters applying the loaded term "deep state" to this fear."

U.S. News

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


What government reform experts think of Trump’s plan to make ‘government work again’
In the News

March 16, 2017

"Most of the news about Trump's proposed budget focuses on the numbers part -- the steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and departments like Agriculture, Labor and State; the $54 billion increase in defense spending; the elimination of nearly 20 independent agencies. But tucked inside the 53-page document from the Office of Management and Budget is a brief two-page description of how the Trump administration intends to manage the federal bureaucracy, a nod to the agency's mandate of overseeing agency performance and things like human capital, procurement and information technology."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Why President Trump is struggling to staff his government
In the News

March 16, 2017

"When a nor'easter barreled toward Washington in mid-March, Donald Trump suggested to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she postpone her upcoming…"

Time Magazine

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump’s government reorganization: hatchet job, or just major surgery?
In the News

March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s habit of appointing people to run federal agencies who have a history of very public antipathy toward those same agencies has caused many good government advocates to throw up their hands in dismay.

The Fiscal Times


President Trump is running an empty government
In the News

March 14, 2017

"President Donald Trump's self-declared war on official Washington needs soldiers. Right now he doesn't have many of them. As the New York Times chronicles at length in a new report, the Trump administration is having the slowest transition in decades, far behind where his predecessors usually were seven weeks into the job. Trump has filled most of his Cabinet, but he has not nominated anyone for more than 500 other vital posts."

Vox

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


News tip: Trump not that far behind in filling posts, expert says
In the News

March 14, 2017

Compared to recent past presidents, President Donald Trump “is ahead of most in nominations to date but behind in Senate confirmations,” says a Duke professor who served through two presidential transitions.

Duke Today


Filling in the blanks at Trump’s Pentagon
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah. He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions."

The National Interest

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government
In the News

March 13, 2017

"President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Stop winging it, Mr. President
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Let’s be clear. Trump should nominate and seek confirmation of the vast majority of Senate-confirmed positions, including the top leadership, policy and managerial jobs in the departments and agencies as well as ambassadors. At the moment, the Cabinet secretaries are home alone and according to Office of Government Ethics data, Trump has few nominees for these important positions in the pipeline."

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


President Trump is running a ghost administration
In the News

March 13, 2017

President Trump has nominated only 42 of the 553 key leadership positions in his administration, and 18 of those 42 have been confirmed, mostly Cabinet secretaries, according to a tally of jobs requiring Senate confirmation by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

The Week


Trump's slim administration v. Obama's
In the News

March 13, 2017

The N.Y. Times takes a look at Trump's personnel crisis, which has left him months behind pace on his transition. So far 18 members of Trump's Cabinet have been approved, but there are still 500 other critical posts left to be filled, putting him far behind his predecessors.

Axios


Trump’s skeletal crew
In the News

March 12, 2017

"But while Democrats did stall several Trump Cabinet picks, the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require confirmation are vacant because of a personnel crisis in the Trump White House. And there are many such empty slots. Trump has named only 20 sub-Cabinet-level positions, including two who withdrew — a list that includes nominees for ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners, according to a tracker from the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service."

The National Review

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump still hasn’t filled hundreds and hundreds of federal jobs vital to an administration
In the News

March 12, 2017

"In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump liked to complain publicly about the deliberative pace of his Cabinet nominees’ confirmation proceedings in the Senate. But with his Cabinet now in place—now what? The answer: not a lot."

Slate

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump lets key offices gather dust amid ‘slowest transition in decades’
In the News

March 12, 2017

"From the moment he was sworn in, President Trump faced a personnel crisis, starting virtually from scratch in lining up senior leaders for his administration. Seven weeks into the job, he is still hobbled by the slow start, months behnd where experts in both parties, even some inside his administration, say he should be."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump administration slow to name deputies
In the News

March 10, 2017

"President Donald Trump still hasn't named a number of key deputy secretaries to back up his Cabinet -- posts that experts say are essential to smooth functioning of the government. The lack of nominees for the key positions comes as Trump still needs to fill nearly 2,000 appointed positions in governments -- and as Democrats continue to slow-walk confirmations of the nominees he has named."

CNN

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


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