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‘He’s going to be an enabler’
In the News

February 21, 2017

When Don McGahn first arrived at the Federal Election Commission in July 2008 as a shaggy-haired, guitar-playing campaign finance lawyer, his casual appearance masked his carefully crafted plans for the sleepy agency charged with regulating campaign finance. As a new commissioner, McGahn—now President Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer—quickly consolidated power.

Politico


Ted Kaufman: How the self-inflicted chaos inside Trump's administration came to be
In the News

February 21, 2017

There was every reason to believe the 2016 presidential transition would be the best in history, no matter who won the election. Full disclosure: I became something of a transition nerd back in 2008, when I was co-chair of the vice president transition team and, after the election, sat in on presidential transition meetings that reviewed major cabinet selections for the Obama-Biden administration and helped plan its legislative priorities.

Delaware Online


549 key positions in the administration need Senate confirmation. So far, Trump has filled 14.
In the News

February 21, 2017

There are 549 key positions in President Donald Trump’s administration that require Senate confirmation. Trump has yet to nominate anyone to 515 of them. According to Max Stier, the CEO of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, when it comes to political appointments, Trump is lagging behind almost every recent president — and he has a long way to go.

Vox


Where Trump stands on filling key spots in his administration
In the News

February 21, 2017

Fourteen of 1,242 Senate-confirmed positions are in place a month into the Trump presidency, according to the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post. Since the transition period, the nonprofit organization has been tracking what they consider to be crucial Senate-confirmed positions, beyond the two dozen Cabinet-level jobs.

PBS


Former CEO Rex Tillerson is still finding his place as secretary of state
In the News

February 20, 2017

One of Rex Tillerson's first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages. It was a reflection of Tillerson's management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil (XOM, -0.87%), an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as "the CEO" rather than "the Secretary."

Fortune


The U.S. has too many political appointees
In the News

February 20, 2017

One month into his administration, Donald Trump is trailing behind other recent presidents in getting his cabinet confirmed by the Senate. To date, 14 of Trump’s 22 cabinet-rank nominees have been approved. President Barack Obama had 16 cabinet-rank appointees on the job by this point in 2009, including one holdover. George W. Bush had 18 in 2001, and Bill Clinton had 17 in 1993.

Bloomberg


Rating Trump’s yuge month one
In the News

February 20, 2017

"If you think of Donald Trump’s presidency as a 48-minute NBA game, we’re only at the one-minute mark. So how come after just one tumultuous month of scandals, protests, unprecedented controversies and unfathomable tweets, it already feels like we’re heading into overtime?"

Politico Magazine

Tag(s): transition management, White House


Trump's cabinet-pick confirmations are taking longer than Obama's did
In the News

February 19, 2017

Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump's Cabinet is not quite empty. But compared with where past administrations stood by this point, it's nowhere near as full. As of Thursday, 13 of Trump's nominees had been confirmed by the Senate; among the seats still open are the secretaries of commerce, energy, and housing and urban development.

The Columbus Dispatch


Trump, an outsider demanding loyalty, struggles to fill top posts
In the News

February 18, 2017

"As Mr. Trump brings candidates for national security adviser to meet with him in Florida this weekend, he presides over a government where the upper echelons remain sparsely populated. Six of the 15 statutory cabinet secretaries are still awaiting Senate confirmation as Demoncrats nearly uniformly oppose almost all of the president's choices. Even some of the cabinet secretaries who are in place may feel they are home alone."

The New York Times

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


Of the 696 official positions in the Trump administration, more than 650 are still unfilled
In the News

February 17, 2017

The White House has become something of a ghost town. Of the 696 official positions in the Trump Administration, 661 have yet to be filled as of Thursday, according to a source close to the process. And the new administration has become so desperate for support staff that they’re hanging on to Obama Administration officials.

Heat Street


Trump administration lags in filling key posts
In the News

February 17, 2017

"The administration of President Donald Trump remains largely unfilled four weeks into his presidency, with just 34 of nearly 700 key Senate-confirmed positions even having a candidate announced. According to data from the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service hosted by The Washington Post, Trump has 14 officials confirmed by the Senate and 20 others are awaiting a vote, out of 696 top leadership positions in the administration."

CNN

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


A management lesson for President Trump: government works better when morale is high
In the News

February 16, 2017

Presidents often clash with branches of the federal government. Most famous, perhaps, is the high levels of mistrust between President John F. Kennedy and the Pentagon in dealing with the Cuban missile crisis. The Pentagon favored an invasion of Cuba and thought Kennedy was naive and shy about the Soviet threat. 

Vox

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s war with the intelligence community is his biggest yet
In the News

February 16, 2017

Less than a month in office, President Trump has engaged in plenty of fights already — with the courts, Mexico, the media, and even Nordstrom. But his emerging fight with the U.S. intelligence community (over Russia and leaks) might be his biggest fight yet. On the one hand, you have the New York Times reporting that Trump is planning to appoint an ally who has little experience in intelligence matters "to lead a broad review" of the intelligence agencies.

NBC News

Tag(s): agencies, national security, White House


Mulvaney confirmed as OMB director
In the News

February 16, 2017

The Trump administration’s protracted battle to fill its Cabinet scored an important victory with the confirmation of Rep. Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney, R-S.C., — a budget hawk in the House of Representatives — secured confirmation in a narrow 51-49 Senate vote on Feb. 16, when normal GOP stalwart Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wavered in supporting the nominee.

The Federal Times


Fed Coach: Federal leaders need contingency plans to manage hiring freeze for the short and long term
In the News

February 15, 2017

Since President Trump signed a memorandum to freeze federal hiring on Jan. 23, it seems not a day has gone by without questions regarding how it should be applied. While there are a variety of opinions on whether the freeze is the right approach to reshaping the government, there has been little discussion about how federal leaders should handle this situation in the short term and potentially for the long run.

The Washington Post


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