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Trump will resubmit judicial nominees for Senate approval
In the News

January 05, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would resubmit more than 20 judicial nominees to the Senate for confirmation, including his picks for federal judge positions in Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana—states the White House says “are suffering from judicial emergencies.”

The Wall Street Journal


Impact of Trump’s tweets on federal workforce morale
In the News

January 04, 2018

Tom Fox, vice president of leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service, gives advice for federal managers for what they should do when a lot of noise is being made about their agency.

Government Matters


The State Department’s loss is corporate America’s gain
In the News

January 02, 2018

What is different now, along with the higher number of resignations, is the reason why diplomats are leaving. In recent years, the State Department has actually made some progress in addressing the employment and diversity concerns, hiring more spouses at overseas posts and recruiting more minorities. Since 2012, it has scored either third or fourth in the annual ranking of the best places to work in the federal government by the Partnership for Public Service. According to the 2017 results, released last month, it has fallen to eighth place, its score having dropped more than that of any other agency.

The Huffington Post


2018: The Year in Preview
In the News

December 30, 2017

The new administration has been slow to nominate and fill Senate-confirmed posts, and not by accident. Of 624 Senate-confirmed posts, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, 249 have no nominee. In an interview on “Fox and Friends” in February, Trump described this as a deliberate strategy: “Well, a lot of those jobs, I don’t want to appoint, because they’re unnecessary to have.”

The Washington Post


Under the radar: Five big overlooked political stories of 2017
In the News

December 27, 2017

The first year of Donald Trump's presidency launched what seemed to be a thousand different political stories. The Russia probe. The policy fights over health care and taxes. The special elections. The controversial tweets. And the overall chaos in Washington. But all of those stories buried others that would have been front and center in past administrations. Here are five of the biggest overlooked political stories of 2017.

NBC News


The ugly, sad (!) truth behind all those government vacancies
In the News

December 26, 2017

Why is the president leaving so many high-level positions unfilled? Because to Trump, the government is Trump. Plus his Cabinet members don’t want smart people to challenge them.

The Daily Beast


Help wanted at the White House: Please apply
In the News

December 20, 2017

The White House is contemplating simply not filling some positions that require Senate confirmation after struggling to fill hundreds of top agency jobs that remain open.

Bloomberg


Trump vacancies at Homeland Security endangering nation, group says
In the News

December 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has failed to fill nearly a dozen key positions in the department tasked with thwarting terrorist attacks and protecting the nation’s borders—inaction a government watchdog group warns could compromise the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Newsweek


All the key Department of Homeland Security positions Trump has left unfilled
In the News

December 20, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with keeping the US safe, from securing the country’s borders to protecting against attacks on its electrical grids and thwarting terrorism attacks. One of its biggest challenges in recent months has come from the White House itself: Since Donald Trump took office in January, dozens of top jobs have been left unassigned, hollowing out the massive agency.

Quartz


Lankford looks to cut debate time for political nominations
In the News

December 19, 2017

With hundreds of key vacancies persisting throughout the government, one senator is looking to cut debate time for presidential nominees requiring Senate approval to speed up the confirmation process.

Federal Computer Week


5 glaring contradictions between Trump’s official strategy and his actions
In the News

December 18, 2017

President Donald Trump outlined his first national security strategy on Monday in a speech emphasizing his hardline views on homeland security and economic nationalism. But the unveiling of the document, a sprawling 55-page report required by Congress, also exposed the stark inconsistencies within an administration that includes a mix of political neophytes, dyed-in-the-wool military men, traditional Republicans, and New York lawyers.

Buzzfeed News


Omarosa's exit raises questions about African-American officials, diversity in Trump administration
In the News

December 16, 2017

Omarosa Manigault Newman's dramatic exit from the White House has brought renewed scrutiny to allegations of a lack of diversity within the Trump Administration, specifically those politically appointed to positions by President Donald Trump.

ABC News


Trump has unprecedented power to remake the world’s most powerful economic body
In the News

December 12, 2017

The Federal Reserve Board is the most powerful economic institution in the world. And given that power, it was designed so that any single president wouldn’t have too much influence over it.

The Washington Post


Trump's push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense
In the News

December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump’s campaign to shrink the “bloated federal bureaucracy” so far has made a small dent in the federal workforce, and that largely because of a decline in civilian defense jobs.

Reuters


Trump's stand-in bureaucrats may have overstayed limits
In the News

December 12, 2017

President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court.

Bloomberg


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