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News tip: Trump not that far behind in filling posts, expert says
In the News

March 14, 2017

Compared to recent past presidents, President Donald Trump “is ahead of most in nominations to date but behind in Senate confirmations,” says a Duke professor who served through two presidential transitions.

Duke Today


Filling in the blanks at Trump’s Pentagon
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah. He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions."

The National Interest

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


Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government
In the News

March 13, 2017

"President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found."

The Washington Post

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


Stop winging it, Mr. President
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Let’s be clear. Trump should nominate and seek confirmation of the vast majority of Senate-confirmed positions, including the top leadership, policy and managerial jobs in the departments and agencies as well as ambassadors. At the moment, the Cabinet secretaries are home alone and according to Office of Government Ethics data, Trump has few nominees for these important positions in the pipeline."

Politico Magazine

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


President Trump is running a ghost administration
In the News

March 13, 2017

President Trump has nominated only 42 of the 553 key leadership positions in his administration, and 18 of those 42 have been confirmed, mostly Cabinet secretaries, according to a tally of jobs requiring Senate confirmation by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

The Week


Trump's slim administration v. Obama's
In the News

March 13, 2017

The N.Y. Times takes a look at Trump's personnel crisis, which has left him months behind pace on his transition. So far 18 members of Trump's Cabinet have been approved, but there are still 500 other critical posts left to be filled, putting him far behind his predecessors.

Axios


Trump’s skeletal crew
In the News

March 12, 2017

"But while Democrats did stall several Trump Cabinet picks, the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require confirmation are vacant because of a personnel crisis in the Trump White House. And there are many such empty slots. Trump has named only 20 sub-Cabinet-level positions, including two who withdrew — a list that includes nominees for ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners, according to a tracker from the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service."

The National Review

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


Trump still hasn’t filled hundreds and hundreds of federal jobs vital to an administration
In the News

March 12, 2017

"In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump liked to complain publicly about the deliberative pace of his Cabinet nominees’ confirmation proceedings in the Senate. But with his Cabinet now in place—now what? The answer: not a lot."

Slate

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


Trump lets key offices gather dust amid ‘slowest transition in decades’
In the News

March 12, 2017

"From the moment he was sworn in, President Trump faced a personnel crisis, starting virtually from scratch in lining up senior leaders for his administration. Seven weeks into the job, he is still hobbled by the slow start, months behnd where experts in both parties, even some inside his administration, say he should be."

The New York Times

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


Trump administration slow to name deputies
In the News

March 10, 2017

"President Donald Trump still hasn't named a number of key deputy secretaries to back up his Cabinet -- posts that experts say are essential to smooth functioning of the government. The lack of nominees for the key positions comes as Trump still needs to fill nearly 2,000 appointed positions in governments -- and as Democrats continue to slow-walk confirmations of the nominees he has named."

CNN

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


Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government
In the News

March 08, 2017

"While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior."

Pro Publica

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


Trump administration still emptier than predecessors'
In the News

March 07, 2017

Hundreds of positions in President Trump's administration remain unfilled, nearly two months into his presidency. President Trump is noticeably behind the last three presidents when it comes to securing the confirmation of his cabinet and other top appointments that require Senate approval.

Gray Washington News Bureau


Why Reagan’s vaunted ‘starve the beast’ plan failed
In the News

March 07, 2017

"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan famously said: "Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem." He promised to "curb the size and influence of the federal establishment" and followed up with a federal hiring freeze and plans to abolish two behemoth agencies: the Energy and Education departments. President Trump has taken a page from the Reagan playbook on the federal workforce."

E&E News

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


Who’s minding the store at the agencies?
In the News

March 06, 2017

All presidential transitions bring uncertainty and a reshuffling of agency managers. But the Trump administration, with its focus on high-visibility Cabinet nominations, has fallen behind predecessors and the recommended schedule on naming people to the secondary positions—the deputies and undersecretaries who steer career staff and keep agencies moving forward.

Government Executive


Plenty of blame to go around on high level Trump administration vacancies
In the News

March 06, 2017

"Hiring gridlock" is one way to describe the more than 1,000 vacancies in the Trump administration. While many of these are at a much lower level, the No. 2 positions in several agencies and departments remain unfilled amidst apparent pushback within the administration.

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