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Commerce secretary promises ‘special renaissance’ under Trump administration
In the News

March 01, 2017

"The Commerce Department faces some growing pains under President Donald Trump’s administration, including new challenges for the 2020 Census. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he anticipates a “special renaissance for the Department of Commerce” that includes making it the best place to work in the federal government."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, Ready to Govern, White House


Seven questions heading into Trump’s address to congress
In the News

February 28, 2017

"With President Trump set to address a joint session of Congress around 9:00 pm ET tonight, we can state the obvious: His administration has gotten off to a slow start. Just 15 members of his cabinet and team have won Senate confirmation, compared with 29 for Barack Obama and 22 for George W. Bush at this same point in time, per data from the Partnership for Public Service."

NBC News

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


Trump: no plans to fill ‘unnecessary’ appointed positions
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it. Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation."

Fox News

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


Out of curiosity, President Trump, which of these 500-plus positions aren’t worth filling?
In the News

February 28, 2017

"One problem with Trump’s admittedly clever spin on these positions is that it’s not like he’s suggesting the government cut 600 random jobs in distant, bloated government offices. The hundreds of jobs that are at stake are ones that require Senate approval, some 515 of which remain unfilled, according to a tool tracking those appointments that The Post developed with the Partnership for Public Service."

The Washington Post

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


Trump’s off to a rough start. Here’s what can make his job easier.
In the News

February 28, 2017

"Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency as a billionaire businessman who would bring private-sector expertise to Washington. But as he quickly discovered, it is much harder running the federal government than a family enterprise."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): Ready to Govern, transition management, White House


How would Trump’s proposed cuts affect the census?
In the News

February 28, 2017

"As it stands, hundreds of presidentially appointed positions remain unfilled, including the Commerce deputy secretary slot. Trump's pick for deputy secretary, Todd Ricketts, reportedly may withdraw from consideration due to difficulties in divesting from his family's business ties. However, in a Feb. 28 interview with Fox and Friends, Trump said that "in many cases" he's not making appointments by design, in the name of "running a very good, efficient government.""

FCW

Tag(s): budget, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump slow to submit nominations for top administration posts
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Donald Trump wants to overhaul the tax code, replace the national health-care system and roll back regulations on most major industries. He faces at least one immediate obstacle: There is no one there to help him do it."

The Wall Street Journal

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


How Trump can save almost $1 trillion in 10 easy steps
In the News

February 28, 2017

Donald Trump has a mandate to clean out the mess in Washington. Cutting waste is critical. This golden opportunity may fail, however, if the Trump administration starts a culture war by defunding EPA and other agencies popular with liberals, while leaving most waste untouched.

The Daily Beast


A note about Rumana Ahmed
In the News

February 28, 2017

On Monday, the Weekly Standard published an article by Lee Smith titled “Fake News, Exposed.” It alleged that Rumana Ahmed, a former National Security Council staffer and the author of an Atlantic essay about why she left the Trump administration, had misled readers about the nature of her position.

The Atlantic


Why Trump has made so few appointments
In the News

February 28, 2017

As president, Donald Trump has the opportunity and the obligation to name about 4,000 people to fill political appointee slots — and more than 1,000 of those jobs require Senate confirmation. So far, he’s filled only a tiny fraction of them. Of the 549 positions the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post have identified as critical to a well-functioning administration, only 15 had been confirmed as of Monday. 

Government Executive


Trump’s Cabinet secretaries wait for White House to fill jobs
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As President Trump's Cabinet secretaries settle into their new offices across Washington, they could find their earliest efforts hampered by vacancies stretching several layers down the chain of command at each agency."

Washington Examiner

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


Faithfully executed: the technology begins the presidential inauguration
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As the transition team for President Donald Trump grapples with how to oversee the federal government, technology is primed to become an increasingly critical piece in the turnover. Digital tools — from virtual reality to spreadsheets to cyberintelligence reports — allow the incoming and outgoing teams to streamline their work, better serve constituents and enhance communication."

FedTech Magazine

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, Ready to Govern, transition management


Rex Tillerson is the opposite of Donald Trump. Will he have any sway?
In the News

February 25, 2017

"For the man who is the public face of US diplomacy, Tillerson keeps a remarkably low profile. Which has left staff at the State Department, and the journalists who cover it, wondering how he will fare against competing power centres in the White House, and how he will represent America to the world."

BBC News

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


Trump is bad at filing executive branch posts. That’s not entirely his fault.
In the News

February 24, 2017

"Five weeks into his presidency, only 14 of President Trump‘s executive-branch nominees have been confirmed to start working in government. As many have documented, his administration is off to a more skeletal beginning than Barack Obama‘s, George W. Bush‘s, and Bill Clinton‘s. Part of the thin staffing can be chalked up to more-laborious-than-usual confirmation processes:"

Washingtonian

Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical


The deafening silence in Foggy Bottom
In the News

February 23, 2017

"The State Department employs more than 70,000 people around the world, the vast bulk of them apolitical civil servants. In the weeks since President Donald Trump took office, some have gone. Perhaps of greater concern, fewer have come."

Politico Magazine

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


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