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Trump allies worry new Cabinet-level vacancies will go unfilled for months
In the News

October 08, 2017

Some of President Trump's staunchest allies have lost confidence in the administration's ability to fill several high-level vacancies that remain within the government, already casting doubt on whether the White House will decide on replacements for Tom Price at Health and Human Services and John Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security by the end of the year.

Washington Examiner


Help wanted: Staff shortages under Trump slow policy changes
In the News

October 06, 2017

Hundreds of government employees file in and out of the U.S. agency for auto safety in Washington every working day, investigating potentially dangerous vehicles and managing a $900 million annual budget.

Reuters


Beyond Trump’s daily skirmishes, two huge problems loom
In the News

October 05, 2017

Many of the recent controversies that have surrounded the Trump administration have been stories that have lasted only a few days. Think of Trump criticizing NFL players who take a knee, or San Juan’s mayor or Steph Curry.

NBC News


Trump taps Common Core foe as No. 2 at Education Department — but most key positions still vacant
In the News

October 04, 2017

President Trump just tapped as the Education Department’s No. 2 official a former state superintendent of South Carolina who opposes the Common Core State Standards and who in 2016 called Jeb Bush “the only candidate” prepared to be president.

The Washington Post


Appointee watch: Another cabinet-level job opens up
In the News

October 04, 2017

Although President Trump has made a number of appointments to key positions in the federal government in recent weeks, he encountered another setback last week.

Government Executive


Rex Tillerson is running the State Department into the ground
In the News

October 04, 2017

On November 10, 2016, my colleagues and I at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations gathered on the top floor of the building, which overlooks the U.N. General Assembly. My boss at the time, Ambassador Samantha Power, had convened the staff to discuss the transition in the aftermath of the election, the results of which had caught many of us by surprise. The U.S. Mission, like the State Department as a whole, brings together career Foreign and Civil Service officers with a handful of political appointees chosen by the president. Out of a staff of roughly 150 people, I was one of a few dozen political appointees.

POLITICO


Mallory Barg Bulman: Trump’s Swiss cheese administration?
In the News

October 04, 2017

With the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the Trump administration is starting to get that Swiss cheese look again. That’s two large-department openings. Plus FBI, Secret Service, the list goes on and on. For a fresh look at this recurring issue, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio


Trump has only had a full, permanent Cabinet for 94 days
In the News

October 04, 2017

President Donald Trump has been in office for 258 days. His Cabinet? Not so much. The President's Cabinet has been at full capacity -- with Senate-approved, permanent appointees -- for only 94 days so far in his term.

CNN


Fast-approaching vacancy act deadline puts some pressure on Trump to speed up appointments
In the News

September 29, 2017

After eight-plus months in office, President Trump’s transition effort continues to lag behind those of past chief executives in filling key agency jobs and that may not change despite an approaching deadline under a law limiting the duration of time acting officials can lead agencies.

Government Executive


Trump’s administration’s failure to fill key posts is alarming
In the News

September 28, 2017

President Donald Trump appears to make decisions by not making decisions.

Last week, Trump announced to the U.N. General Assembly that the United States was prepared to “destroy” North Korea if necessary, a provocation all the more jarring given America’s nuclear arsenal. If only we had an actual U.S. ambassador to South Korea to navigate the crisis — we don’t.

The Seattle Times


Empty cabinet: Education Department has highest top staff vacancy rate, at 80%
In the News

September 27, 2017

The tumultuous Trump administration has for months been criticized for its slow pace in nominating top executive branch officials. But after a summer that saw a steady uptick in announcements, one department still lags far behind: Education.

The 74


Trump aides begin looking for the exits
In the News

September 22, 2017

A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump’s first term is still months away. Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea that they’d stay for at least a year, enough to credibly say they’d served. But in the aftermath of a wave of abrupt, high-profile departures over the summer that culminated with former strategist Steve Bannon’s ouster in August, aides up and down the chain are reaching out to headhunters, lobbyists, and GOP operatives for help finding their next job.

POLITICO


‘He took the job and made it smaller’: How Rex Tillerson failed the State Department
In the News

September 20, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly is usually a time for America’s secretary of state — the country’s chief diplomat — to shine. That, to put it mildly, isn’t what’s happening with Rex Tillerson.

Vox


As Maria crosses Atlantic, National Hurricane Center has no full-time director
In the News

September 20, 2017

The National Hurricane Center has been operating without a full-time leader since May, even as major hurricanes have hit the United States and its territories in recent days and weeks.

Newsweek


Carson’s ultimate goal for HUD: ‘Heal the nation’
In the News

September 20, 2017

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled his vision for the agency in a town hall meeting with HUD employees, launching what officials are calling a multi-year reform plan. While short on details, the plan is long on ambition: reimagine the way HUD works; restore the American dream; and rethink communities in a more holistic way. The ultimate goal, Carson said, was to "heal the nation."

Government Executive


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