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Trump’s disruption of government could aid top federal employees, survey says
In the News

January 16, 2018

With President Trump’s first presidential anniversary days away, hundreds of political positions in the federal government still lack nominees. Perhaps some folks don’t want to work for a white supremacist, but that’s another column.

The Washington Post


Education Department faced turbulent year during Trump's first year in office
In the News

January 16, 2018

2017 was a turbulent year for the federal Department of Education — an agency that oversees education policy for around 50 million kids nationwide.

ABC News


Trump continues to set records for agency vacancies
In the News

January 16, 2018

The Trump administration's empty or “acting” labeled slots on agency organization charts continue to place him months behind his predecessors in staffing up political leadership, according to new numbers from organizations tracking presidential appointees.

Government Executive


The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea
In the News

January 12, 2018

The Winter Olympics begin one month from today in South Korea, and American officials are reportedly contemplating a “bloody nose” strike on nuclear North Korea, yet President Trump still has not nominated an ambassador to Seoul.

The Washington Post


Trump is destroying a national treasure
In the News

January 12, 2018

It was never a swamp, okay? But now, given President Trump’s contempt for the federal government and the political polarization that could engulf the civil service, we’re in danger of losing a national treasure.

The Washington Post


MSPB has never been without a quorum for this long
In the News

January 12, 2018

It’s been more than a year since the Merit Systems Protection Board, the independent, quasi-judicial agency that reviews civil service merit principles, had a quorum.

Federal News Radio


The Daily 202: These Trump nominees couldn’t get confirmed by the GOP Senate, but they’re still in government
In the News

January 11, 2018

The Trump administration withdrew Sam Clovis’s nomination to be undersecretary at the USDA in November after special counsel Bob Mueller revealed that he had encouraged foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to meet with Russian officials overseas during the 2016 campaign. But two months later, Clovis continues to work as a “senior adviser” inside the department. It’s a prominent role that does not require Senate confirmation and leaves him unaccountable to Congress.

The Washington Post


Number of OSHA workplace safety inspectors declines under Trump
In the News

January 08, 2018

The number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration, according to new data obtained by NBC News, raising questions about the government's efforts to protect workers and the long-term impact of the White House's move to slow hiring.

NBC News


Sen. Johnson seeks OSC review of ‘burrowing’ at CFPB
In the News

January 08, 2018

A career employee at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who’s previously sparred with the Trump administration over the leadership of her agency now finds herself under the scrutiny of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman.

Federal News Radio


Appointee watch: More musical chairs on the horizon?
In the News

January 05, 2018

As the Trump administration approaches the one-year mark, rumors again have begun swirling about Cabinet-level officials trading positions.

Government Executive


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


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