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Interior senior executives left in the dark amid reorg, reassignments
In the News

August 17, 2017

Some of the Interior Department’s longest-tenured and most experienced career executives say they’re feeling undervalued and overlooked as the agency begins a major effort to restructure and reorganize. Their criticisms come as Interior political leadership charges forward with a major reorganization effort that includes the reassignment of 30-to-50 senior executives back in June and another round of job transfers expected in the next few weeks.

Federal News Radio


With no confirmed director, OPM could struggle to implement Trump’s agenda
In the News

August 17, 2017

The federal government’s human resources office faces a slew of responsibilities in the coming months and years as President Trump aims to shrink many agencies and revamp the civil service, but it is tackling those issues without any leadership handpicked by the administration calling for those changes.

Government Executive


Snubbed Federal Reserve nominee a warning as Trump struggles to fill key posts
In the News

August 16, 2017

Allan Landon prepared for his job at the Federal Reserve for two-and-a-half years during the Obama administration before his nomination sank into the partisan quicksand of Washington D.C., a swamp which has only deepened under President Donald Trump, leaving more vacancies than ever at the top of the U.S. federal government.

Reuters


Government science agencies still lack permanent leaders
In the News

August 15, 2017

Of 577 key federal jobs requiring Senate confirmation, only 106 have had nominees put forward by President Trump. That's according to the count by the Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. Those vacancies include leadership roles at NASA and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With no one at the helm, science-based agencies can’t undertake major new research or other initiatives, and lose their effectiveness. But under the current White House administration, new leadership could be more disruptive.

Marketplace


The view from the White House is a lonely one as the business community abandons Trump
In the News

August 15, 2017

Donald Trump's White House is on fire — and not in a good way. The leading figures in American business are embarrassed to be associated with the president, even though he has promised to cut their taxes and regulations. Now his "Manufacturing Council" and "Strategic and Policy Forum" have been disbanded. That those bodies weren't doing much to begin with mirrors the Potemkin quality of the Trump White House itself.

CNBC


Trump administration still riddled with key vacancies
In the News

August 11, 2017

The Senate ended its bitterly partisan health care debate last week with little-noticed harmony on confirmations, as more than five dozen picks by President Donald Trump were cleared for senior posts across the government. But that spree of approvals still leaves the president with 147 nominees awaiting Senate action — significantly more than the previous four administrations had as of early August, according to a tally kept by the independent Partnership for Public Service.

POLITICO


State Department confronts North Korea with rows of vacant positions
In the News

August 11, 2017

The rising tensions between President Trump and the missile-launching government of North Korea are playing out with a State Department that continues to operate with corridors of unfilled leadership jobs. The Trump White House has made only a third of the nominations needed to fill 130 key jobs at the department, according to a tracking tool from the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

Government Executive


A bunch of North Korea-related posts in the Trump administration are still empty
In the News

August 10, 2017

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are growing stronger and all eyes are focused on how President Donald Trump and his team will navigate the road ahead. There's just one wrinkle: a lot of major posts across the executive branch are still empty, because the Trump administration has yet to nominate them.

CNN


Appointee watch: Pace of names slows during recess
In the News

August 10, 2017

A week after the Senate voted to confirm an array of President Trump’s nominees to key administration posts, Congress is now in recess and the president is on a working vacation in New Jersey. But the process of identifying candidates for government positions has not stopped.

Government Executive


Four top cybersecurity officials are leaving U.S. government
In the News

August 10, 2017

Four senior cybersecurity officials are stepping down from their US government positions, raising concerns that an exodus of top leaders may make the federal government more vulnerable to hacking. Two of those resigning – Sean Kelley, the chief information security officer for the Environmental Protection Agency, and Richard Staropoli, the chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security – had been in their jobs for just a few months.

Buzzfeed


To tame North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson must master Washington
In the News

August 09, 2017

Rex Tillerson wants Americans to sleep well at night, even with a trigger-happy dictator in North Korea and a Twitter-tapping president at the White House threatening nuclear Armageddon. But Tillerson's task as the nation's chief diplomat facing his first major international crisis is tougher than promoting sweet dreams. He must try to tamp down President Trump's threat of "fire and fury" with an oilman's background, a depleted senior staff, a threatened budget crunch and a power struggle with the White House.

USA Today


Here's what President Trump achieved since his first 100 days
In the News

August 08, 2017

As President Trump approached his first 100 days in office, he called it a "ridiculous standard," while House Speaker Paul Ryan said it was too soon to judge progress. "I talked about 200 days because I thought the kind of agenda that we're attempting to put together here — overhauling health care, overhauling the tax system, rebuilding our military, securing the border — those take more than just a few months," Ryan said in April. On Monday, Trump hit the 200-day mark, but major achievements still remain elusive.

TIME


Senior U.S. envoy tries to calm fears over State Department re-design
In the News

August 08, 2017

The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department's rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Reuters


President Trump's nominations lagging after 200 days in office
In the News

August 07, 2017

President Donald Trump is lagging behind his predecessors on filling positions in his administration as he reached 200 days in office Monday. Trump has nominated 277 people for key posts in his administration with 124 confirmed and eight withdrawn, according to CNN's tracker. The Partnership for Public Service noted 577 executive branch positions as particularly essential -- and Trump has only successfully filled about a fifth of them. In all, there are 4,000 positions across government that are not civil service jobs but are political appointments. A total of 1,200 of those require Senate confirmation.

UPI


At the 200-day mark, Trump is still behind on nominations
In the News

August 07, 2017

During his first 200 days in office, President Donald Trump has sent 279 nominations to the Senate for confirmation. That compares to more than 400 nominations for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush at the same point in their administrations. President Trump still hasn't nominated anyone for some key economic positions. “We still do not have a deputy secretary at the Department of Commerce," said Kristine Simmons, with the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group focuses on government efficiency. "There’s also no head at the Office of Patent and Trademark.”

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