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Democrats assail environmental nominees over climate change
In the News

November 08, 2017

A Senate hearing on nominees for two top environmental posts on Wednesday quickly turned testy over the Trump administration’s ambivalence on climate change science.

The New York Times


Inside Betsy DeVos’s efforts to shrink the Education Department
In the News

November 08, 2017

The seventh floor of the Education Department’s headquarters near the Mall used to bustle. Now, nearly a dozen offices sit empty and quiet.

The Washington Post


Clock ticking on officials in acting roles
In the News

November 07, 2017

For some feds in "acting" roles, the curtain is about to come down. The Trump administration is about to hit a deadline that covers officials acting in jobs that are supposed to be filled by political appointment. Under the Vacancies Act of 1998, officials in acting roles have a 210-day clock before their temporary terms are cut off. The act grants incoming administrations a 90-day extension, giving them 300 days from Inauguration Day before the first tranche of acting officials trigger the terms of the law.

Federal Computer Week


Vacancies vex leaders and lawmakers alike
In the News

November 07, 2017

Key Interior Department vacancies have lingered for an unusually long time, leaving Secretary Ryan Zinke's management team problematically short-handed.

E&E News


Time is running out on acting officials’ authority under Vacancies Act
In the News

November 07, 2017

Nov. 16 looms large for government leaders paying attention to the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The law stipulates that 300 days after a president is sworn in, officials who have been serving in an acting capacity since that time lose much of their authority.

Government Executive


Trump’s undiplomatic methods of diplomacy
In the News

November 07, 2017

“I’m the only one that matters.” When asked about the long list of unfilled positions at his State Department, that was Donald Trump’s blunt reply.

Channel 4 News


This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul
In the News

November 06, 2017

House Republicans are aiming to advance their tax reform legislation out of committee this week, as they race to pass it on the floor by Thanksgiving.

The Hill


Appointee Watch: Agriculture nominee withdraws, Fed Chair nominated, and more
In the News

November 03, 2017

The White House has had something of a busy week when it comes to the process of filling the top ranks of the federal government.

Government Executive


Trump on State Dept. vacancies: 'I'm the only one that matters'
In the News

November 03, 2017

President Trump sat down with Laura Ingraham Thursday night, and when the Fox News host pressed him on why there are still so many vacancies for top posts in the State Department, he seemed nonplussed. "Let me tell you, the one that matters is me," Trump said, per the Hill. "I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it that's what the policy is going to be."

Newser


Trump nominates USAID official to be Education Department’s chief financial officer
In the News

November 01, 2017

President Trump has nominated Douglas Webster, the director of risk management for the U.S. Agency for International Development, to be chief financial officer for the Education Department.

The Washington Post


Senate Republicans threaten rules change to clear Trump nominees
In the News

October 31, 2017

Republicans are renewing their threat to change the Senate's rules as they eye speeding up the confirmation process for President Trump's nominees.

The Hill


McConnell vows confirmation of judicial nominees
In the News

October 30, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to confirm federal judicial nominees in the coming days and weeks and blasted Democrats for their approach to the process.

The Hill


Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time since taking over the White House.

The Hill


Appointee watch: OPM nominees receive a hearing, Drug Czar Pick withdraws
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump suffered another setback in his effort to fill key administration posts last week, as Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Government Executive


Who’s to blame for slow confirmations?
In the News

October 23, 2017

President Donald Trump says Democratic obstruction is the reason far fewer of his political nominees have been confirmed compared with his predecessors. But a group tracking the nominations says Trump is partly to blame for the lower numbers.

FactCheck.org


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