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Open, closed or something in between: What a shutdown looks like
In the News

January 20, 2018

A North Carolina National Guard infantry battalion called off a training exercise that had been planned for a year. Flu samples from around the country will no longer be collected and tested. A skeleton staff of workers at the Internal Revenue Service girded themselves to answer a deluge of questions about the new tax law.

The New York Times


One year into Trump's presidency, hundreds of key executive branch positions remain unfilled
In the News

January 19, 2018

One year into the Trump presidency, hundreds of important executive branch and other government positions remain unfilled. The administration nominated 559 officials in its first year – fewer than President Obama, who nominated 658 officials by the same point, and George W. Bush, who nominated 741. President Trump's nominees are waiting longer for Senate confirmation, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan.

CBS News


Right and left react to the prospect of a government shutdown
In the News

January 19, 2018

Mr. Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, says that a “government shutdown should be an anathema to lawmakers across the ideological spectrum” and suggests adopting a “biennial budget and appropriations process to forestall the yearly battles and to provide greater certainty for agencies to plan and fulfill their missions.”

The New York Times


Trump’s flailing about leaves key slots vacant
In the News

January 19, 2018

President Trump, even apart from the impending shutdown brought on by his erratic pronouncements and refusal to honor his promise to sign any bipartisan fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, continues to show utter disregard for the proper operation of the federal government.

The Washington Post


With a shutdown looming, government agencies are unprepared and in the dark
In the News

January 19, 2018

The federal government is facing the prospect of a shutdown by the end of Friday, an unwelcome event to mark President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

The Huffington Post


As shutdown looms, hundreds of key agency posts are still vacant under Trump
In the News

January 19, 2018

As a candidate, Donald Trump would often pitch himself to voters by citing his experience managing a vast business empire — saying he hires only “the best people.”

ABC News


Open or closed? Here's what happens in a partial government shutdown
In the News

January 19, 2018

“There is no bigger morale destroyer than a government shutdown for people who care about serving the public. It is devastating. It's devastating for them. It's devastating for the people they serve. It's devastating for our economy. It's a lose all the way around,” said Partnership CEO Max Stier.

NPR


A government shutdown means Congress has failed. Remember when this was something to avoid?
In the News

January 18, 2018

Here we go again. With unresolved policy differences on issues ranging from immigration and children’s health insurance to disputes over domestic and military spending, Congress and the White House are lurching toward a government shutdown or yet another temporary funding resolution.

NBC News


Republicans haven’t really prepared for a shutdown
In the News

January 18, 2018

As Republicans bungle their way to a government shutdown, it is worth noting that they do not seem to have, to our knowledge, adequately prepared for it. When the clock hits 12:01 Saturday morning, the government must close, employees must cease using government devices (e.g. computers, cellphones) and contractors cannot provide services. The exceptions are twofold — the uniformed military and those designated as essential personnel.

The Washington Post


Would the military shut down if the federal government does?
In the News

January 17, 2018

As a possible government shutdown loomed, President Donald Trump preemptively blamed Democrats for any negative fallout.

PolitiFact


Trump’s disruption of government could aid top federal employees, survey says
In the News

January 16, 2018

With President Trump’s first presidential anniversary days away, hundreds of political positions in the federal government still lack nominees. Perhaps some folks don’t want to work for a white supremacist, but that’s another column.

The Washington Post


Education Department faced turbulent year during Trump's first year in office
In the News

January 16, 2018

2017 was a turbulent year for the federal Department of Education — an agency that oversees education policy for around 50 million kids nationwide.

ABC News


Trump continues to set records for agency vacancies
In the News

January 16, 2018

The Trump administration's empty or “acting” labeled slots on agency organization charts continue to place him months behind his predecessors in staffing up political leadership, according to new numbers from organizations tracking presidential appointees.

Government Executive


The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea
In the News

January 12, 2018

The Winter Olympics begin one month from today in South Korea, and American officials are reportedly contemplating a “bloody nose” strike on nuclear North Korea, yet President Trump still has not nominated an ambassador to Seoul.

The Washington Post


Trump is destroying a national treasure
In the News

January 12, 2018

It was never a swamp, okay? But now, given President Trump’s contempt for the federal government and the political polarization that could engulf the civil service, we’re in danger of losing a national treasure.

The Washington Post


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