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Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time since taking over the White House.

The Hill


Appointee watch: OPM nominees receive a hearing, Drug Czar Pick withdraws
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump suffered another setback in his effort to fill key administration posts last week, as Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Government Executive


Who’s to blame for slow confirmations?
In the News

October 23, 2017

President Donald Trump says Democratic obstruction is the reason far fewer of his political nominees have been confirmed compared with his predecessors. But a group tracking the nominations says Trump is partly to blame for the lower numbers.

FactCheck.org


White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile
In the News

October 20, 2017

When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

Reuters


Trump’s administration is still mostly white and male
In the News

October 20, 2017

President Donald Trump's largely white and male administration has broken its promise to hire more non-whites and women.

Newsweek


Trump lagging on Ed Dept staffing compared to previous administrations
In the News

October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump's process to fill out top positions at the U.S. Department of Education has lagged that of Barack Obama by as much as nearly eight months to as little as two weeks, Education Week reports, and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has noted the additional burden it has placed on staff while blaming paperwork delays for the holdup.

Education Drive


GOP senator: Dems will 'cave' if Republicans 'go 24/7'
In the News

October 19, 2017

Trump's nominees have taken longer for the Senate to confirm than those of recent presidents. According to a tally by The Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, Trump's appointees have taken about 61 days to confirm on average, compared to 46 days under former President Obama and 32 days under former President George W. Bush.

The Hill


Almost a dozen Trump nominees have withdrawn from consideration for administration jobs
In the News

October 17, 2017

Rep. Tom Marino is the eleventh nominee to withdraw from consideration for a Trump administration post, according to CNN's nomination tracker.

CNN


John Kelly is trying to solve the problem of Trump’s empty administration
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration is extremely understaffed, and it's up to Chief of Staff John Kelly to fill the hundreds of critical jobs that are vacant, according to new reports.

Salon


Trump blasts Schumer, Democrats for ‘obstructing’ nominations
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Trump on Monday ripped Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democrats, arguing they are unfairly blocking his nominees from getting a vote.

The Hill


Kelly tries to get empty administration jobs filled fast
In the News

October 15, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly is giving Cabinet secretaries more autonomy to pick top political appointees, reversing efforts under his predecessor Reince Priebus to run most appointments through the West Wing.

POLITICO


Trump leaves top administration positions unfilled, says hollow government by design
In the News

October 12, 2017

With President Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible vacancies at the sub-Cabinet level: hundreds of positions without a nominee, and a president who says he has no intention of filling many of the jobs.

NPR


Appointee watch: Kelly’s replacement at DHS announced
In the News

October 12, 2017

After months of Elaine Duke filling in as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, President Trump finally announced his choice to lead the department on a permanent basis Wednesday.

Government Executive


Trump says he won't fill 'a lot' of vacant appointments
In the News

October 10, 2017

President Donald Trump told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday that the size of some federal agencies is “unnecessary,” offering an explanation as to why he has left so many positions requiring a presidential appointment vacant.

POLITICO


Trump vacancies are here to stay
In the News

October 10, 2017

For months, President Donald Trump has lagged behind his predecessors in filling presidential appointments throughout the federal government.

CNN


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