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Kelly promises new DHS morale turnaround, leadership strategy
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Lawmakers are encouraged by recent comments from the Homeland Security Department’s new leader, Secretary John Kelly, who indicated that after years of low employee morale and poor perceptions of DHS leadership, things are about to change."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management


Republicans considering broader change to Senate rules
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Republicans are discussing making an additional change to the Senate’s rules to more quickly confirm President Trump’s nominees. The change is separate from an expected vote Thursday that would prevent Democrats from using a filibuster to block Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch."

The Hill

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House


“Jared Kushner, Trump adviser: administration can’t fill jobs, so Ivanka’s husband takes them all”
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Nearly three months into the Donald Trump presidency, nearly half the top jobs in the State Department remained vacant. The administration hasn't nominated a deputy secretary to serve under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nor has it nominated a deputy secretary for the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and the Interior. Of 553 key positions requiring senate confirmation, 486 of them do not yet have a nominee, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks political appointees."

International Business Times

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump loyalists reshuffled at key agencies
In the News

April 05, 2017

"As the Trump administration continues to navigate a rocky first 100 days, it is reshuffling staff --including a fleet of campaign loyalists. About a dozen temporary political appointees on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “beachhead” team -- placed in the agency beginning on Inauguration Day -- were notified last week they would not receive permanent positions at the department. Almost all were for"

CBS News

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


‘It is a mess’—downsizing won’t be easy
In the News

April 05, 2017

"How you do lay off thousands of U.S. EPA employees? Slowly — and painfully. President Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year would slash EPA funding by 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, leading to 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. Shrinking the EPA workforce by that much would require serious time and effort — identifying the makeup of every worker, consulting with outside agencies, negotiating with various unions."

E&E News

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Morning agenda: Understaffed Treasury isn’t ready for tax overhaul
In the News

April 04, 2017

"President Trump has promised to overhaul a pledge that has cheered investors. But there's a problem: He hasn't yet names the people who would do it."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


'It went off the rails almost immediately’: How Trump’s messy transition led to a chaotic presidency
In the News

April 04, 2017

"Two days after the November election, leaders of President Trump’s transition team presented his inner circle with more than 100 names of candidates for key Cabinet and other senior positions in the new administration. Missing from the list for the post of national security adviser was retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to two knowledgeable officials."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


“Trump’s fake “town hall’ was like a bad episode of VEEP”
In the News

April 04, 2017

"America’s first C.E.O. president, Donald Trump, held a “town hall” at the White House on Tuesday to discuss “the American business climate.” And, as usual, it was exactly the sort of slow-moving train wreck to which we have gradually become inured over the past several months."

Vanity Fair

Tag(s): White House


‘The fear is real’ Congress could enact Trump-level budget cuts
In the News

April 03, 2017

"A majority of federal employees who took a Federal News Radio survey said they believe Congress will make good on President Donald Trump’s proposed civilian agency cuts for fiscal 2018. And while the looming threat of cuts has put a damper on workforce morale, most respondents plan to stay on-the-job at their federal outposts."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): budget, Congress, White House


“Trump is ready for tax cuts, but his Treasury Department isn’t”
In the News

April 03, 2017

"After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative inititative, a tax overhaul. "Obviously, we're driving the train on this," said Sean Spicer, the president's spokesman."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Meet the Obama holdovers who survived Trump’s sweep
In the News

April 01, 2017

"Anytime there is a change in administrations, career government officials face a tricky transition. But that process has been particularly difficult under Mr. Trump, because of the insurgent nature of his campaign and his deep suspicion of the permanent bureaucracy."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointees, management, White House


Mystery Trump workers hold DOE, Interior jobs
In the News

March 30, 2017

"Both Interior and DOE have numerous other mystery employees. EPA did not officially comment on beachhead employees, but their names are listed in a public directory — and an internal email giving more detail on their experience was widely leaked to reporters."

E&E News

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


Trump and May both need to avoid being at the mercy of events
In the News

March 30, 2017

"The problem, it seems, is that both May and Trump are relying on their past experiences to get them through in their current roles. This is understandable. Although she did not end up having to run against anybody for the leadership in the wake of Cameron's resignation, her very solidity and thorough mastery of her brief in her years at the Home Office made her attractive at a turbulent time in British politics. For Trump it was the very fact that he was a maverick businessman prepared to tear up the rules that so endeared him to those fed up with career politicians."

Forbes

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Margot Conrad: High marks for Trump management agenda
In the News

March 29, 2017

Tucked away in the Trump administration's budget blueprint is the President's management agenda. It lays out points of emphasis the President wants agency managers to show progress in. That's sort of a first for Presidential skinny budgets. The idea is receiving praise from good government associations like the Partnership for Public Service. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Margot Conrad, director of Education and Outreach for the Partnership, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal News Radio


Trump White House ponders way forward as troubles mount
In the News

March 29, 2017

"While critics question the administration's focus, or lack of it, Trump officials said they are working on what he promised during last year's campaign. "All of these are important and have been priorities that the president laid out months ago," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that officials are meeting and talking about "the best path forward.""

Politico

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


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