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President Trump wants congress to confirm his nominees. He should appoint more
In the News

June 05, 2017
The tweet seemed straightforward enough. President Trump, in the wake of an apparent terror attack on London, opened his Twitter app and sent out one of his signature screeds. He blamed Democrats for the lack of Ambassadors—such as the one in London—to represent Washington during times of crisis.

TIME


Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)
In the News

June 05, 2017
His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the American public. We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief.

Los Angeles Times


As Trump calls for smarter terrorism strategies, his national security vacancies stand out
In the News

June 05, 2017
Britain, which holds an election Thursday, is currently arguing over whether Prime Minister Theresa May, when she was home secretary, cut police funding to a dangerously low level, in light of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. In the U.S., President Trump has reacted to the London Bridge attack with a renewed push for his "travel ban" and calls to "stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people," but he has yet to nominate an FBI director, a leader for the Transportation Security Administration, a Homeland Security Department official to take charge of securing America's cyber and physical infrastructure, a director for the National Counterterrorism Center, an assistant attorney general for national security, or, for that matter, an ambassador to Great Britain.

The Week


Trump’s sluggish hiring could hamper anti-terror plans
In the News

June 05, 2017
President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States needs to be "smart, vigilant and tough" after a terrorist attack rocked London. But the president’s counter-terrorism strategy could be hindered by dozens of vacancies across the government, not least a permanent FBI director.

POLITICO


Treasury faces full in-tray with gaps in senior ranks
In the News

June 05, 2017
The US Treasury is heading into a debt-ceiling showdown this summer that will test a department dealing with gaps in senior decision-making ranks and a packed policy agenda. Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, presides over an organisation that is ahead of most other departments in Washington in terms of political nominees to top jobs but behind compared with previous presidential administrations.

Financial Times


Trump administration posts 'help wanted' signs for government service
In the News

June 03, 2017
Many of the office suites reserved for top civilian officials at the Pentagon sit empty or have temporary fill-ins while Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis worries about North Korea and Iran. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin lacks appointed loyalists in any of the 17 top spots below him as he rewrites the nation’s byzantine tax code.

Los Angeles Times


Hurricane season starts with Trump appointees missing at FEMA and NOAA, the agencies that deal with hurricanes
In the News

June 02, 2017
The 2017 hurricane season started Thursday with no Trump Administration appointees running the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes. Five months after President Donald J. Trump was sworn in, no one has taken the reins at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of disasters such as a hurricane.

Tampa Bay Times


Diplomats in limbo at a State Department where most leadership is temporary
In the News

June 01, 2017
The slow pace of filling top jobs at the State Department is having a ripple effect through the ranks of career diplomats as the traditional summer rotation season approaches, leaving some top officials in a holding pattern overseas while others wait with no promises about their next job. Without further assignments, diplomats serving as U.S. ambassadors in more than two dozen countries will stay put indefinitely.

The Washington Post


Trump’s nominees have already faced a large number of cloture votes
In the News

June 01, 2017
The confirmation battles over President Donald Trump’s nominees didn’t end when the Republican-led Senate changed its rules in early April to enable simple majorities to end filibusters on Supreme Court nominations. Nor did they end when Trump’s final Cabinet pick, Alexander Acosta, was confirmed as labor secretary later that same month.

Pew Research Center


Trump is having a hard time hiring people — and constant turmoil doesn't help
In the News

May 31, 2017
President Donald Trump is struggling to fill hundreds of government jobs, and the task isn't getting any easier in a hectic White House. Just over four months into his administration, Trump has lagged far behind recent administrations in getting executive branch officials confirmed by the Senate — or even nominating anyone for the jobs.

CNBC


Russia probe scares off potential appointees
In the News

May 31, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to fill hundreds of vacant jobs across the federal government has hit a new snag: Russia. Potential hires are paying close attention to the expanding investigations, which have now begun to touch senior Trump aides, with some questioning whether they want to join the administration.

Politico


Will anyone in Washington still work for Donald Trump?
In the News

May 31, 2017
The departure of Donald Trump’s communications director, Michael Dubke, was not unexpected. With the White House under the F.B.I.’s magnifying glass, Trump has been said to be considering a wide-ranging staff shakeup after he blamed his in-house press shop for failing to contain the fallout from his abrupt decision to fire James Comey, and Dubke was a fitting first casualty of the coming purge.

Vanity Fair


Russian probes hinder White House’s attempt to fill admin jobs
In the News

May 31, 2017
The Russian probes swirling around the White House are having a chilling effect on the Trump administration’s attempts to fill hundreds of positions, according to a report on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service said the White House lags far behind previous administrations in naming candidates for federal vacancies — former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush nominated twice as many in their first year, Politico reported.

New York Post


The White House is stuck in limbo
In the News

May 31, 2017
What's worse than a White House that needs (another) reboot? How about a White House that's stuck in limbo?

NBC News


'COVFEFE': Trump's late-night tweet goes viral -- TRUMP's 'cellphone diplomacy' -- BUZZ: White House war room to EEOB -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Romney's retreat schedule -- COMING IN SEPT.: London Playboo
In the News

May 31, 2017
Four people who work closely with prospective nominees told POLITICO that some potential hires are having second thoughts about trying to land executive branch appointments as federal and congressional investigations threaten to pose a serious distraction to Trump’s agenda.

Politico Playbook


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