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To tame North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must master Washington
In the News

August 09, 2017

Rex Tillerson wants Americans to sleep well at night, even with a trigger-happy dictator in North Korea and a Twitter-tapping president at the White House threatening nuclear Armageddon. But Tillerson's task as the nation's chief diplomat facing his first major international crisis is tougher than promoting sweet dreams. He must try to tamp down President Trump's threat of "fire and fury" with an oilman's background, a depleted senior staff, a threatened budget crunch and a power struggle with the White House.

USA Today


Here's what President Trump achieved since his first 100 days
In the News

August 08, 2017

As President Trump approached his first 100 days in office, he called it a "ridiculous standard," while House Speaker Paul Ryan said it was too soon to judge progress. "I talked about 200 days because I thought the kind of agenda that we're attempting to put together here — overhauling health care, overhauling the tax system, rebuilding our military, securing the border — those take more than just a few months," Ryan said in April. On Monday, Trump hit the 200-day mark, but major achievements still remain elusive.

TIME


Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design
In the News

August 08, 2017

The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Reuters


President Trump's nominations lagging after 200 days in office
In the News

August 07, 2017

President Donald Trump is lagging behind his predecessors on filling positions in his administration as he reached 200 days in office Monday. Trump has nominated 277 people for key posts in his administration with 124 confirmed and eight withdrawn, according to CNN's tracker. The Partnership for Public Service noted 577 executive branch positions as particularly essential -- and Trump has only successfully filled about a fifth of them. In all, there are 4,000 positions across government that are not civil service jobs but are political appointments. A total of 1,200 of those require Senate confirmation.

UPI


At the 200-day mark, Trump is still behind on nominations
In the News

August 07, 2017

During his first 200 days in office, President Donald Trump has sent 279 nominations to the Senate for confirmation. That compares to more than 400 nominations for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush at the same point in their administrations. President Trump still hasn't nominated anyone for some key economic positions. “We still do not have a deputy secretary at the Department of Commerce," said Kristine Simmons, with the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group focuses on government efficiency. "There’s also no head at the Office of Patent and Trademark.”

Marketplace


Trump's government overhaul hits a speed bump
In the News

August 07, 2017

President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul the federal government hit another obstacle last week when his pick to head the Office of Personnel Management, George Nesterczuk, quietly withdrew from consideration—leaving the administration with no nominee to run a small but crucial agency that oversees policies for all 2 million employees of the federal government and would be integral to any sweeping effort to reform its workforce.

POLITICO


At 200-day mark, Trump nominations still lag
In the News

August 07, 2017

On President Donald Trump's 200th day in office, he still lags far behind his predecessors in staffing up his administration, both in terms of nominations and confirming those positions. Any new administration has to fill roughly 4,000 positions across the government, more than 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. While no administration can accomplish that task in 200 days, the nonprofit good-government group Partnership for Public Service recommends having the most important 300-400 confirmed by August recess.

CNN


Where Trump’s nominations and confirmations stand as the Senate packs up for August
In the News

August 04, 2017

One of Trump’s most common complaints about Congress has been what he calls its “obstruction” of his nominees. Trump got a big boost in his number of confirmations on Thursday, though, when the Senate greenlighted dozens of pending nominees before leaving town.

NBC News


At 200-day mark, Trump still trails predecessors in filling jobs
In the News

August 04, 2017

Just ahead of President Donald Trump’s 200th day in office, the Senate confirmed dozens of his nominees in a significant sign of a stepped-up pace to fill jobs, including judgeships. In all, the Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed 78 nominees, among them three judges and seven military officers. The remaining confirmations were for civilian political appointees across the executive branch

The Daily Signal


'Death by a thousand cuts': Empty State Department offices sap morale, some staffers say
In the News

August 04, 2017

For four years, Ira N. Forman served as the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, a State Department post in which he advocated on behalf of Jewish communities at risk around the globe. He resigned, as required for political appointees, on Jan. 20, the day President Trump took office. But six months later, Forman and his staff have not been replaced.

The Los Angeles Times


Senate confirms dozens of nominees as they leave for August break
In the News

August 03, 2017

The Senate confirmed dozens of President Trump's nominations on Thursday as lawmakers race to leave town for the August recess. Senators confirmed nearly 70 nominees by unanimous consent — allowing lawmakers to skip over a marathon of votes. The deal was a result of days of negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The Hill


Much work ahead for agency leadership, Partnership says
In the News

August 03, 2017

At the 200-day mark the Trump administration “has struggled to build cohesive leadership teams across government or work closely with the career workforce to accomplish his goal of improving agency effectiveness,” the Partnership for Public Service has said. It credited the administration with paying significant attention to government management issues by focusing on government reorganization, laying out a management framework, and committing to strengthening and modernizing agency IT and cybersecurity.

FEDweek


The Senate finally gives Trump his administration
In the News

August 03, 2017

And just like that, Donald Trump finally has the semblance of a presidential administration. In the span of a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, the Senate confirmed dozens of the president’s stalled nominees to key posts in several departments. The departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Commerce got long-awaited deputy, under, and assistant secretaries. NATO, the United Kingdom, and a bevy of other countries received U.S. ambassadors. And three districts got federal prosecutors months after the president fired nearly all of the U.S. attorneys who served under Barack Obama.

The Atlantic


Meet Republicans Halfway
In the News

August 02, 2017

Here’s a bipartisan deal for the Senate to consider: Republicans publicly commit to ending their efforts at Obamacare repeal, and Democrats start to confirm more of President Trump’s nominees. So far, the Senate has obstructed those nominees at a higher rate than for any president on record. Only 20 percent of President Trump’s executive-branch nominees had been confirmed through July 31, compared with at least 56 percent at the same point in the terms of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

The New York Times


Trump’s administration is way behind in appointments
In the News

August 01, 2017

Partnership for Public Service, which in conjunction with The Post has been tracking the pace of executive branch nominations, came out with a report in anticipation of the first 200 days of the Trump administration. It creates an embarrassing portrait of sloth and ineptitude: “During this time, Trump has prioritized government reorganization, laid out a management framework and promised to bring private sector technology advances to federal agencies.

The Washington Post


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