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Appointee watch: Nominee for FEMA’s No. 2 job withdraws
In the News

September 14, 2017

President Trump’s pick to be deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post, after news reports alleging misconduct when he served in the George W. Bush administration.

Government Executive


Interior’s ‘unusual’ transfer of senior executives spurs official probe
In the News

September 12, 2017

It doesn’t smell right, so maybe an official probe will tell if it’s rotten. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is examining the extraordinary and politically suspect reassignment of dozens of Senior Executive Service (SES) members.

The Washington Post


With Hurricane Irma and Harvey relief underway, one-third of FEMA leadership positions unfilled
In the News

September 12, 2017

As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps Florida, Texas and other states recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the agency faces a leadership staffing shortage that analysts worry could hinder relief efforts.

Newsweek


After nine months, federal offices are still waiting to hang Trump’s picture
In the News

September 11, 2017

In the lobby of every federal building, just inside security turnstiles and before the elevator banks, a framed photograph of the president has always hung on the wall. Not so anymore. Nine months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, pictures of the president and Vice President Pence are missing from thousands of federal courthouses, laboratories, military installations, ports of entry, office suites and hallways, and from U.S. embassies abroad.

The Washington Post


Mallory Barg Bulman: Lessons learned about presidential transitions
In the News

September 07, 2017

Last week, President Trump nominated 42 people to fill key Senate-confirmed roles throughout various agencies. Still though, this has been one of the longest presidential transitions in recent history. Case in point: about half of the Chief Information Officer posts throughout government are still empty. Based in part on the experience of this transition, the Partnership for Public Service has just published a how-to guide for political transitions. Mallory Barg Bulman, the Partnership’s vice president for research and evaluation, told Federal Drive‘s Jared Serbu about some of the lessons learned.

Federal News Radio


The hollowing out of the federal workforce
In the News

September 07, 2017

 These are not good days for those who have devoted their lives to government service. The State Department is demoralized, seeing a steady stream of departures, facing a raft of positions held by “acting” officials with no nominee even in the pipeline and losing visibility in an administration that favors hard-power solutions. A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency leaves with a blistering resignation letter.

The Washington Post


Report calls for flatter State Department with fewer bureaus
In the News

September 07, 2017

A new study of the structure of the State Department requested by leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee calls for a simplified and “de-layered” bureaucracy to develop and carry out the nation’s foreign policy – not necessarily because it would cost less money, but because it would it would improve the department’s performance.

Federal News Radio


Lack of nominees hampers Trump’s North Korea policy
In the News

September 07, 2017

The administration has yet to name an ambassador to South Korea or fill key Asia posts at the Pentagon and State Department.

National Journal


Vacant government posts hamper Harvey aid as Irma set to strike
In the News

September 06, 2017

The Trump administration’s slow pace of appointments has left vacancies in key posts related to emergency response, something that may hamper efforts to help victims of Harvey’s record rainfall and Hurricane Irma’s punishing winds.

Deputies are missing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which spearheads relief in the early days after disasters, and at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps get storm victims back into lodgings. The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have a regional director in Texas whose duties would include responding to Harvey’s inundation of polluted Superfund sites.

Bloomberg


GSA, OPM administrators announced
In the News

September 06, 2017

The Trump administration has nominated its picks to lead the General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management. The nominee for GSA administrator is Emily Murphy, currently the senior adviser to the GSA administrator.

Federal Times


Trump announces HR professional as new pick to lead OPM
In the News

September 05, 2017

President Trump has announced his picks for Office of Personnel Management director and key posts in the Office of Management and Budget. Career human resources professional Jeff Tien Han Pon is in line for the top job at OPM, the White House announced Friday night. Pon was most recently the chief human resources and strategy officer for the Society for Human Resource Management, and he was chief operating officer for Futures Inc., a company that helps members of the military find careers in the civilian workforce.

Government Executive


Best-selling author takes on Trump’s rocky transition
In the News

September 05, 2017

Celebrity author Michael Lewis, whose influential financial titles include “Moneyball,” “The Big Short” and “The Blind Side,” is immersing himself in President Trump’s handling of the change in administrations. At this weekend’s National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress, Lewis was asked about his next project. He riffed on how the carefully planned presidential transition process that involves naming 4,000 new appointees and mandatory departures of the outgoing administration’s political appointees, was mishandled by a seemingly apathetic Trump.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: Administration announces picks for key management posts, NASA
In the News

September 05, 2017

President Trump announced a long list of nominees to key positions within the administration late last week, most notably to posts managing the federal workforce, budget and acquisitions. Trump named Jeff T. H. Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, replacing George Nesterczuk, who withdrew his name from consideration in July after going two months without a Senate confirmation hearing. And the president named Margaret Weichert to be deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget, as well as Frederick Nutt to be controller in OMB’s Office of Federal Financial Management.

Government Executive


Trump’s hiring, budget raises questions about U.S. Harvey help
In the News

September 01, 2017

President Donald Trump’s hiring and budget plans are raising questions about whether he can deliver the “better-than-ever” recovery he’s promised after Hurricane Harvey devastated a swath of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Trump has proposed vast budget cuts and leaving some leadership positions unfilled at agencies involved in disaster management. His Republican allies on Capitol Hill proposed spending some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster money to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Associated Press


Trump not rushing to find a permanent head for DHS
In the News

September 01, 2017

A month after former Homeland Security secretary John Kelly decamped for the White House, President Donald Trump has yet to formally interview any potential candidates to replace the retired general as the head of the department.

With large swaths of Texas underwater and top staffers focused on pushing tax reform, the president is taking his time filling the vacant Cabinet post at DHS. Though White House aides have whittled the contenders down to a final shortlist, it could be weeks before Trump finalizes his choice, according to a senior administration official and a homeland security expert familiar with the conversations.

POLITICO


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