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Trump, a week after Porter resigned, says he’s ‘totally opposed’ to domestic violence
In the News

February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — One week after Rob Porter, his staff secretary, resigned amid spousal abuse allegations, President Trump said on Wednesday that he was “totally opposed to domestic violence,” his first condemnation of the alleged conduct behind a scandal that has engulfed the White House.

The New York Times


Budget’s attention to civil service policies gets some praise
In the News

February 14, 2018

While the reaction to the White House’s latest budget proposals on federal pay and benefits was largely negative, the response was more favorable toward its recommendations to reexamine civil service policies and the government’s pay structure.

FEDWeek


Mallory Barg Bulman: What should happen to the civil service system
In the News

February 14, 2018

Like the Obama administration before it, the Trump administration has proposed overhauling the civil service system. In its budget proposal, it points out that 40 years have passed since the last major reform and times have changed. But also like the Obama administration, the Trump team is short on specifics. So what should happen? Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the possibilities on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal News Radio


7 agencies expect to hire, but more will plan for staffing cuts under 2019 budget
In the News

February 13, 2018

A handful of agencies will add more to their staffing rolls in 2019, but many more departments will continue workforce reductions this year and into the next, according to the president’s most recent budget proposal.

Federal News Radio


What you need to know about the best places to work in gov
In the News

February 13, 2018

Government workers have already seen their fair share of tumult this year. First rattled by a several-day shutdown in late January, agency employees and contractors then had to deal with the possibility of another just weeks later. In the end, the government suffered a nine-hour funding gap in the morning hours of Feb. 9.

GovLoop


A whirlwind envelops the White House, and the revolving door spins
In the News

February 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — The doors at the White House have been swinging a lot lately. A deputy chief of staff moved on. A speechwriter resigned. The associate attorney general stepped down. The chief of staff offered to quit. And that was just Friday.

 

The New York Times


Shutdown uncertainty taking its toll on federal workforce
In the News

February 09, 2018

For the second time in a month, federal workers woke up wondering if they would be headed to the office, or if they should follow shutdown procedures. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit focused on federal government management issues, told WAMU that the federal workforce has great morale, but the shutdowns still have an effect, particularly on recruitment and the way the public views government. He suggests that a biannual budgeting process could help the problem.

WAMU


FOIAing the Trump Administration: A look at federal employee satisfaction surveys
In the News

February 09, 2018

The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service analyzed data from the Office of Personnel Management’s annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to create an index ranking of which agencies are the best places to work, according to their employees. One of the most interesting ways to sort this ranking is the change from 2016 to 2017. In many cases, FOIA has given us clues about why certain agencies experienced big swings in employee satisfaction in the first year of the Trump administration. In other cases, this statistic can tell us which agencies - particularly smaller, seldom covered ones - warrant more FOIA scrutiny.

MuckRock


Trump workforce plan gets mixed reviews from federal employees
In the News

February 09, 2018

President Donald Trump’s plan to make it easier to reward top-performing federal employees and fire poor performers is eliciting contrary responses from federal executives and front-line federal workers.

Bloomberg


Understaffing, lack of training at agencies hampering agency services to public, personnel agency says
In the News

February 08, 2018

Shortages of employees — a common feature of troubled government programs — are hampering a range of services to the public and stressing the federal workforce, the government’s central personnel agency said Wednesday.

The Washington Post


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


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