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The deafening silence in Foggy Bottom
In the News

February 23, 2017

"The State Department employs more than 70,000 people around the world, the vast bulk of them apolitical civil servants. In the weeks since President Donald Trump took office, some have gone. Perhaps of greater concern, fewer have come."

Politico Magazine

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


N.J. contributions to Trump transition slowed after Christie left
In the News

February 23, 2017

New Jersey contributors are well-represented in the early fundraising efforts of Trump for America, the non-profit created after Donald Trump locked up the Republican presidential nomination to help fund the transition. But contributions from the state appear to have fallen off sharply after Governor Christie was replaced on Nov. 11 as chairman of the transition team by Mike Pence, the Indiana governor and vice president-elect, according to an analysis by The Record of a report released Thursday showing the names of donors and the dates and amounts they gave, but not their addresses or occupations.

NorthJersey.com


Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring
In the News

February 22, 2017

The White House’s deep involvement in hiring decisions across the government is frustrating some of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet secretaries, spurring early tussles between the president’s advisers and leaders of federal agencies. White House officials have sometimes rejected candidates who have previously criticized the president — even if they boast sterling credentials or have the endorsement of top Republicans.

Politico


Is Donald Trump’s paranoia sabotaging his own cabinet?
In the News

February 22, 2017

Donald Trump’s propensity to surround himself with loyalists—and to exile dissenters from his inner circle—is reportedly making it difficult to staff an administration that has made enemies, at one time or another, of just about everyone in Washington. For agency directors who hoped Trump was serious about creating a “team of rivals,” the past several weeks have provided a rude awakening.

Vanity Fair


‘He’s going to be an enabler’
In the News

February 21, 2017

When Don McGahn first arrived at the Federal Election Commission in July 2008 as a shaggy-haired, guitar-playing campaign finance lawyer, his casual appearance masked his carefully crafted plans for the sleepy agency charged with regulating campaign finance. As a new commissioner, McGahn—now President Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer—quickly consolidated power.

Politico


Ted Kaufman: How the self-inflicted chaos inside Trump's administration came to be
In the News

February 21, 2017

There was every reason to believe the 2016 presidential transition would be the best in history, no matter who won the election. Full disclosure: I became something of a transition nerd back in 2008, when I was co-chair of the vice president transition team and, after the election, sat in on presidential transition meetings that reviewed major cabinet selections for the Obama-Biden administration and helped plan its legislative priorities.

Delaware Online


549 key positions in the administration need Senate confirmation. So far, Trump has filled 14.
In the News

February 21, 2017

There are 549 key positions in President Donald Trump’s administration that require Senate confirmation. Trump has yet to nominate anyone to 515 of them. According to Max Stier, the CEO of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, when it comes to political appointments, Trump is lagging behind almost every recent president — and he has a long way to go.

Vox


Where Trump stands on filling key spots in his administration
In the News

February 21, 2017

Fourteen of 1,242 Senate-confirmed positions are in place a month into the Trump presidency, according to the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post. Since the transition period, the nonprofit organization has been tracking what they consider to be crucial Senate-confirmed positions, beyond the two dozen Cabinet-level jobs.

PBS


Former CEO Rex Tillerson is still finding his place as secretary of state
In the News

February 20, 2017

One of Rex Tillerson's first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages. It was a reflection of Tillerson's management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil (XOM, -0.87%), an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as "the CEO" rather than "the Secretary."

Fortune


The U.S. has too many political appointees
In the News

February 20, 2017

One month into his administration, Donald Trump is trailing behind other recent presidents in getting his cabinet confirmed by the Senate. To date, 14 of Trump’s 22 cabinet-rank nominees have been approved. President Barack Obama had 16 cabinet-rank appointees on the job by this point in 2009, including one holdover. George W. Bush had 18 in 2001, and Bill Clinton had 17 in 1993.

Bloomberg


Rating Trump’s yuge month one
In the News

February 20, 2017

"If you think of Donald Trump’s presidency as a 48-minute NBA game, we’re only at the one-minute mark. So how come after just one tumultuous month of scandals, protests, unprecedented controversies and unfathomable tweets, it already feels like we’re heading into overtime?"

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): transition management, White House


Trump's cabinet-pick confirmations are taking longer than Obama's did
In the News

February 19, 2017

Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump's Cabinet is not quite empty. But compared with where past administrations stood by this point, it's nowhere near as full. As of Thursday, 13 of Trump's nominees had been confirmed by the Senate; among the seats still open are the secretaries of commerce, energy, and housing and urban development.

The Columbus Dispatch


Trump, an outsider demanding loyalty, struggles to fill top posts
In the News

February 18, 2017

"As Mr. Trump brings candidates for national security adviser to meet with him in Florida this weekend, he presides over a government where the upper echelons remain sparsely populated. Six of the 15 statutory cabinet secretaries are still awaiting Senate confirmation as Demoncrats nearly uniformly oppose almost all of the president's choices. Even some of the cabinet secretaries who are in place may feel they are home alone."

The New York Times

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


Of the 696 official positions in the Trump administration, more than 650 are still unfilled
In the News

February 17, 2017

The White House has become something of a ghost town. Of the 696 official positions in the Trump Administration, 661 have yet to be filled as of Thursday, according to a source close to the process. And the new administration has become so desperate for support staff that they’re hanging on to Obama Administration officials.

Heat Street


Trump administration lags in filling key posts
In the News

February 17, 2017

"The administration of President Donald Trump remains largely unfilled four weeks into his presidency, with just 34 of nearly 700 key Senate-confirmed positions even having a candidate announced. According to data from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service hosted by The Washington Post, Trump has 14 officials confirmed by the Senate and 20 others are awaiting a vote, out of 696 top leadership positions in the administration."

CNN

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


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