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White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile
In the News

October 20, 2017

When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

Reuters


Trump’s administration is still mostly white and male
In the News

October 20, 2017

President Donald Trump's largely white and male administration has broken its promise to hire more non-whites and women.

Newsweek


Trump lagging on Ed Dept staffing compared to previous administrations
In the News

October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump's process to fill out top positions at the U.S. Department of Education has lagged that of Barack Obama by as much as nearly eight months to as little as two weeks, Education Week reports, and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has noted the additional burden it has placed on staff while blaming paperwork delays for the holdup.

Education Drive


GOP senator: Dems will 'cave' if Republicans 'go 24/7'
In the News

October 19, 2017

Trump's nominees have taken longer for the Senate to confirm than those of recent presidents. According to a tally by The Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, Trump's appointees have taken about 61 days to confirm on average, compared to 46 days under former President Obama and 32 days under former President George W. Bush.

The Hill


Almost a dozen Trump nominees have withdrawn from consideration for administration jobs
In the News

October 17, 2017

Rep. Tom Marino is the eleventh nominee to withdraw from consideration for a Trump administration post, according to CNN's nomination tracker.

CNN


John Kelly is trying to solve the problem of Trump’s empty administration
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration is extremely understaffed, and it's up to Chief of Staff John Kelly to fill the hundreds of critical jobs that are vacant, according to new reports.

Salon


Trump blasts Schumer, Democrats for ‘obstructing’ nominations
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Trump on Monday ripped Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democrats, arguing they are unfairly blocking his nominees from getting a vote.

The Hill


Kelly tries to get empty administration jobs filled fast
In the News

October 15, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly is giving Cabinet secretaries more autonomy to pick top political appointees, reversing efforts under his predecessor Reince Priebus to run most appointments through the West Wing.

POLITICO


Trump leaves top administration positions unfilled, says hollow government by design
In the News

October 12, 2017

With President Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible vacancies at the sub-Cabinet level: hundreds of positions without a nominee, and a president who says he has no intention of filling many of the jobs.

NPR


Appointee watch: Kelly’s replacement at DHS announced
In the News

October 12, 2017

After months of Elaine Duke filling in as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, President Trump finally announced his choice to lead the department on a permanent basis Wednesday.

Government Executive


Trump says he won't fill 'a lot' of vacant appointments
In the News

October 10, 2017

President Donald Trump told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday that the size of some federal agencies is “unnecessary,” offering an explanation as to why he has left so many positions requiring a presidential appointment vacant.

POLITICO


Trump vacancies are here to stay
In the News

October 10, 2017

For months, President Donald Trump has lagged behind his predecessors in filling presidential appointments throughout the federal government.

CNN


Trump allies worry new Cabinet-level vacancies will go unfilled for months
In the News

October 08, 2017

Some of President Trump's staunchest allies have lost confidence in the administration's ability to fill several high-level vacancies that remain within the government, already casting doubt on whether the White House will decide on replacements for Tom Price at Health and Human Services and John Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security by the end of the year.

Washington Examiner


Help wanted: Staff shortages under Trump slow policy changes
In the News

October 06, 2017

Hundreds of government employees file in and out of the U.S. agency for auto safety in Washington every working day, investigating potentially dangerous vehicles and managing a $900 million annual budget.

Reuters


Beyond Trump’s daily skirmishes, two huge problems loom
In the News

October 05, 2017

Many of the recent controversies that have surrounded the Trump administration have been stories that have lasted only a few days. Think of Trump criticizing NFL players who take a knee, or San Juan’s mayor or Steph Curry.

NBC News


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