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Workforce executive orders miss the mark, observers say
In the News

June 05, 2018

Although the Trump administration said its recent executive orders on the federal workforce will make agencies more efficient and solve age-old performance management difficulties, good government observers said the measures will do little to alleviate the problem.

Government Executive


It's the biggest 2018 primary day so far. Here's what to watch for.
In the News

June 05, 2018

WASHINGTON — A total of eight states hold their primaries today, including California, where the Top 2 candidates (regardless of party) advance to the general election. Here are the seven questions we have going into tonight’s primaries in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota:

NBC News


Trump's war on the Washington bureaucracy
In the News

June 05, 2018

Bill Valdez fired two people during his 20 years as a manager in the federal workforce.

The Washington Examiner


Work for Congress? Time to cancel summer
In the News

June 05, 2018

Employees that work in and around Congress may have to reconsider their summer vacations, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced June 5, 2018, that the Senate would remain in session in August, foregoing the traditional summer recess.

Federal Times


Impartial advisers could help Trump restore civil service accountability
In the News

June 04, 2018

Civil service reform is long overdue, but you wouldn’t know it from the hue and cry over President Trump’s recent executive orders proposing modest reforms. These reforms, for example, would eliminate the ability of civil servants to file a grievance over the employee’s performance rating. It’s no coincidence that over 99 percent of federal civil servants received a rating of “fully successful” or better, according to a 2016 Government Accountability Office report.   

The Hill


After 500 days, hundreds of White House jobs remain unfilled by Trump administration
In the News

June 04, 2018

On his 500th day in office, President Donald Trump tweeted a list of accomplishments that he said "many believe" is longer than any other president.

CNBC


Trump says Senate Democrats are 'resisting the will' of voters
In the News

June 02, 2018

Washington (CNN) In his weekly address on Saturday, President Donald Trump criticized the idea of a Democrat-led "resistance" to his presidency and accused Senate Democrats of "resisting the will of the American voter" by blocking nominations to his administration and opposing immigration policy he supports.

CNN


Agencies need to take more risks in acquisition
In the News

May 23, 2018

The recently released president’s management agenda states that efforts to transform government through major acquisitions are hamstrung by processes that “remain captive to a risk-averse culture that rewards compliance over creativity.”

Government Executive


McConnell tells senators he might scrap August recess
In the News

May 22, 2018

Republican senators say Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is seriously considering canceling part or all of the August recess as leadership plays catch up on confirming President Trump's nominees and funding the government.

The Hill


Meet the members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ advising John Bolton
In the News

May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON — In the weeks after President Trump chose John Bolton to be his third national security adviser in March, Mr. Bolton, a veteran of the George W. Bush State Department whose bellicose manner kept him from a high-level job at the beginning of the Trump administration, engaged in his own speeded-up transition process, aided by a handful of longtime associates.

The New York Times


Trump claims Democrats 'obstruct' his nominees, but it's much more nuanced than that
In the News

May 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – When President Trump talks about the hundreds of vacancies scattered across his administration he’s clear about where he places the blame: “Obstructionist” Democrats, he says at rallies and on Twitter, are slow walking his picks.

USA Today


“This could go to Hell in a handbag”: Is John Bolton playing games with Trump?
In the News

May 18, 2018

After weeks of cheery rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the prospect for historic nuclear talks next month, the disconcerting congeniality was punctured on Wednesday when Pyongyang suddenly cast doubt on the summit and placed the blame squarely on National Security Adviser John Bolton. “It is absolutely absurd to compare the D.P.R.K., a nuclear weapons state, to Libya, which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development,” Kim Kye Gwan, the vice foreign minister of North Korea, said in reference to Bolton’s declaration last month that the 2003 disarmament of Libya should be a “model” for the ongoing negotiations. Those remarks had echoed in the State Department, too. The Libya model, as Kim well knows, didn’t end well for Muammar Qaddafi, who was driven out of power in 2011 after an extensive NATO bombing campaign. The Libyan dictator, who had ruled his country with an iron fist for decades, was later found cowering in a drainage pipe; a graphic video of his last moments shows rebel fighters sodomizing him with a bayonet before shooting him. North Korean leadership has long pointed to Libya as precisely the outcome they are trying to avoid by keeping their nuclear program.

Vanity Fair


How Baby Boomers broke America
In the News

May 17, 2018

Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest democracy and economy become a land of crumbling roads, galloping income inequality, bitter polarization and dysfunctional government?

TIME


Why is Trump’s executive order boosting CIOs needed when there’s FITARA?
In the News

May 17, 2018

President Donald Trump on May 15 released an executive order that would empower agency chief information officers, granting them more authority over budgets, hiring and overseeing IT processes.   

Government CIO Media


Pompeo lifts hiring freeze at State Department
In the News

May 15, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is lifting the hiring freeze on the Foreign and Civil services imposed by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. In a memo, Pompeo announced he was authorizing the State Department to "hire to current funding levels."

The Hill


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