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Trump carries on tradition of putting campaign donors in embassies
In the News

December 11, 2017

For all of President Trump’s foreign policy norm-breaking, his administration has observed at least one diplomatic tradition that stretches back decades: naming campaign donors, party stalwarts, and political allies to ambassador posts around the world.

Washington Examiner


FBI Director rejects Trump’s criticisms, says agency’s reputation is ‘quite good’
In the News

December 07, 2017

The head of the FBI on Thursday pushed back on President Trump’s condemnation of the agency earlier this week, defending its reputation and the work of its employees.

Government Executive


Nonpartisan group behind the presidential transition guide disputes Trump attorney's interpretation of its manual
In the News

December 04, 2017

The organization that makes the presidential transition guide said Monday that President Donald Trump's attorney took its manual out of context when he cited it to defend actions taken by the president's top advisors in the runup to Inauguration Day.

CNBC


Critics see State Department in disarray despite Tillerson's defense
In the News

November 30, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered a forceful defense against reports that he is gutting the State Department, saying he was "offended" by them. He challenged the numbers, accused some reporters of sounding "like the sky was falling," and argued the agency was "functioning very well from my perspective."

ABC News


Trump's hostile takeover
In the News

November 30, 2017

Despite its legislative setbacks of the past year, the presidency of Donald Trump has been stunningly effective in its core mission, the dismantling of modern American government as it has evolved since the Progressive Era of the early 20th Century.

Rolling Stone


What Trump is doing to consumer agency isn't normal
In the News

November 28, 2017

A new White House is tasked with filling 4,000 political jobs at over 400 federal departments and agencies, according to the Center for Presidential Transition. Perhaps it's inevitable that every presidential administration fills a few empty seats with cronies, hacks and ideologues who are unqualified for their jobs. But something very different -- and troubling -- is happening in the Trump administration.

CNN


Tillerson 'offended' by claims of State Department's hollowing out
In the News

November 28, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday he was offended by claims that the State Department is being hollowed out, saying his agency is functioning well, contrary to scathing criticism from former diplomats.

Reuters


Jared Kushner’s vast duties, and visibility in White House, shrink
In the News

November 25, 2017

At a senior staff meeting early in President Trump’s tenure, Reince Priebus, then the White House chief of staff, posed a simple question to Jared Kushner: What would his newly created Office of American Innovation do?

The New York Times


Trump administration has more than 250 unfilled jobs
In the News

November 22, 2017

Hundreds of jobs remain unfilled in the Trump administration, and many are being held by temporary appointees. But a federal law limits how long those temps can serve, and many are bumping up against the end of their terms.

NPR


'I'm the only one that matters': Trump is leaving holes in his government
In the News

November 22, 2017

Ten months into his administration, President Donald Trump has not filled numerous holes in federal agencies.

CNBC


Appeals agency backlog reflects Trump’s foot-dragging on appointments, hindering services
In the News

November 21, 2017

Be thankful if you don’t have a case before the Merit Systems Protection Board. If you do, be grateful for patience — you’ll need lots of it.

The Washington Post


The Energy 202: This EPA nominee may be the first Trump appointee to be defeated by Congress
In the News

November 17, 2017

Despite the drumbeat of opposition to President Trump's political nominees, Senate Democrats haven't been able to do much to stop Congress from confirming them.

The Washington Post


Hundreds of “acting” government officials just lost their decision-making authority
In the News

November 17, 2017

President Trump likes to excoriate Senate Democrats for holding up the process by which he’s filling the 612 executive-branch positions that require confirmation. Yet even if the upper chamber’s minority party has been able to muck up the works for the White House’s nominees, the other big reason parts of the federal government can seem so skeletal right now is that Trump simply hasn’t put forward names for hundreds of crucial jobs.

Washingtonian


The Agriculture Department hired more than 50 political appointees. They all say they're white.
In the News

November 15, 2017

Strict rules shape the hiring process for most jobs in the federal government. But the executive branch has leeway in bringing on political appointees, and the Trump administration is giving drastically fewer of those positions to minorities than the Obama administration did. The Department of Agriculture’s staffing provides a stark example.

Buzzfeed


Appointee watch: The 300-day mark
In the News

November 15, 2017

Wednesday marked President Trump’s 300th day in office, but his administration remains in flux, with many key jobs still unfilled and a revolving door of nominees stumbling before they can be confirmed by the Senate.

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