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Sean Spicer’s kiss of death: ‘phenomenal’
In the News

March 29, 2017

"The health care debacle, the travel ban setback, difficulties with Mexico, a slew of empty positions across the government — all are symptoms or causes of President Donald Trump’s rocky first few weeks in office. They also have another thing in common: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has used the word “phenomenal” to describe them."

Politico

Tag(s): management, White House


Can Trump fix government by running it like a business?
In the News

March 29, 2017

"Past administrations have attempted reform by taking cues from the private sector with mixed results. It might be even harder for a White House that lacks experience in government to achieve success."

The Atlantic

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump gets credit for tackling federal management issues
In the News

March 28, 2017

"President Trump’s new plan for a White House Office of American Innovation run by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is winning some plaudits from long-time observers of similar government efficiency campaigns. The danger, however, could appear in the form of large-scale layoffs and an unfruitful reliance on contractors, some say."

Government Executive

Tag(s): management, White House


Help wanted
In the News

March 28, 2017

"The collapse of the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare last week was followed by some unnerving revelations in the press, which painted a picture of a president who dismissed Republicans’ paramount concerns as “the little sh**” and a White House counselor who insisted to skeptical lawmakers that they had “no choice” but to vote for the bill. Now comes another glaring sign that the young administration is ill-prepared for the duties of governing: The astonishing number of high-level positions that President Trump still has yet to fill."

The National Review

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


Trump struggles to say ‘you’re hired’
In the News

March 28, 2017

Donald Trump vowed during his campaign to hire the “best people” once elected as president, but he lags badly behind his predecessor in terms of nominating people for top political appointments. The White House has nominated people for 45 roles that require Senate confirmation, compared to the 111 that Barack Obama had named at this point in his first term, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan group that tracks appointments.

Financial Times


Plans to streamline agencies, regulations likely to fall short
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump has big plans to overhaul the federal government and cut regulations in short order, but right now he just doesn’t have the people to carry them out. “There is clearly room to better organize the federal government,” said Beth Cobert, former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. “There is clearly room to think about regulatory streamlining.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump has a new innovation office. It’s unclear what that means for 18F and USDS.
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House, which has provided sparse details, will work with chief executives from prominent tech businesses including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, according to the Post. That new team will make policy recommendations and report directly to Trump on ways to “improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future and spur job creation,” according to a presidential memorandum issued late afternoon Monday."

NextGov

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump wants to overhaul an understaffed government desperate for leadership
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, the Trump administration will announce the launch of a new team within the White House dedicated to a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, using ideas from the private sector to improve the efficiency of the government’s operations. The Washington Post, which broke the story, reported the White House Office of American Innovation will be run by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president whose crowded portfolio also includes managing relations with China, negotiating Middle East peace, and more."

The Fiscal Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Jared Kushner will reportedly lead the White House Office of American Innovation
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, Donald Trump is expected to announce that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will oversee the creation of a new White House office that seeks to help the U.S. government run more like a business, in an effort to cut down on bureaucracy and make good on several key campaign promises. On Sunday night, The Washington Post first reported that Kushner would soon be tapped to lead the White House Office of American Innovation, whose goal is to streamline government bureaucracy through the application of business principles."

Teen Voguee

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


New White House innovation office to take on federal acquisition
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House is creating a new Office of American Innovation to take on one of the stickiest wickets in the government — procurement, and particularly the buying of technology. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump is naming Jared Kushner, the assistant to the President and his son-in-law, to lead the new office."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Memo to Jared Kushner: managing government isn’t like business. It’s much harder
In the News

March 27, 2017

"As if Jared Kushner didn’t have enough to do in between managing his father-in-law’s political impulses on climate change and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal employees and brokering peace in the Middle East, another perpetually Sisyphean task landed on his desk on Monday. Every president since Ronald Reagan has vowed to make the federal government run with the efficiency and attention to excellent results and customer service the business world is supposed to possess. As much as President Trump can be said to have any fixed beliefs, he believes in himself as a businessman and dealmaker, which makes this pledge particularly close to the core of his identity and his campaign. And so Kushner has been tapped to lead “a SWAT team of strategic consultants.”"

The Washington Post

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, White House


New White House innovation office to focus on tech, VA and more
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump is creating a White House Office of American Innovation that will initially focus on issues such as federal technology modernization, technology procurement and overhauling systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump formally launched the office within the White House via an executive order signed Monday. Jared Kushner — Trump’s assistant to the president and senior adviser — will head up the office, spokesman Sean Spicer said in Monday’s press briefing."

Fed Scoop

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


The road to government reform is filled with landmines
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to identify duplicative and unnecessary programs and improve services holds the promise of helping bring our government into the 21st century. In many respects, we have institutions created for a different era. Our government provides exceptional services in some areas, but has not kept up with best-in-class private sector organizations in others. The moment is ripe for evaluating where we are and where we need to be in terms of the way government conducts business, manages taxpayer money and serves the needs of the American people."

Government Executive

Tag(s): Congress, management, White House


“Why the government can’t compete with Silicon Valley”
In the News

March 24, 2017

"The federal government’s tech workforce skews older. As its IT employees retire, they could be hard to replace — it’s difficult for federal agencies to attract young tech workers. You can see the federal IT worker shortage playing out on your computer screen. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a tech think tank, analyzed almost 300 of the most popular federal websites, looking at security and speed, and whether they’re mobile friendly and accessible for the disabled."

Marketplace

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s “beachhead” teams host dozens of former lobbyists
In the News

March 24, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been mired in questions about his investments in the healthcare industry. As it turns out, some of the people helping him get grounded at the department are also prompting questions about their ties with the industry.

The Center for Responsive Politics


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