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How the hiring freeze targets millennials
In the News

February 14, 2017

The federal civilian hiring freeze instituted by President Donald Trump is almost four weeks old. While there are numerous exceptions and carve-outs -- for national security and public health posts, and for certain trouble spots like the more than 35,000 vacant medical positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs -- the vast majority of government is affected."

FWC

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Federal websites, agencies frozen in time, or MIA
In the News

February 14, 2017

“Tried checking the Office of Management and Budget website? You can't, because it's not there. A search resulted in this message from the White House: “Thank you for your interest in this subject. STAY TUNED AS WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE WHITEHOUSE.GOV.” The OMB, a White House agency, is the “implementation and enforcement arm of Presidential policy government-wide,” according to an archived version of the agency's website as it existed under President Barack Obama.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Revenge of the government nerds
In the News

February 14, 2017

“President Donald Trump, tangling with a tumultuous first few weeks on the job, may be realizing a paradoxical truth of being in the Oval Office: sometimes your best allies are people who aren't officially on your side. Top of the unfriendly ally list is Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover who was serving as acting attorney general while Trump was awaiting confirmation of his pick, Jeff Sessions.”

U.S. News and World Report


Insiders: Senate delays on Trump Cabinet cripple agencies’ work agendas
In the News

February 13, 2017

“The U.S. Senate’s glacial approval rate for President Trump’s Cabinet appointments — slower than any recent president — is leaving critical agencies without clear marching orders as they work on critical tasks such as saving veterans’ lives and steering the economy, Washington watchers warn. “Leadership matters,” said Ron Kaufman, who was White House personnel director under former President George H.W. Bush.”

The Boston Herald


Trump team didn’t put nominees to ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ test
In the News

February 10, 2017

President Trump has blamed "obstruction by Democrats" for delays in confirming his senior appointments, saying on Twitter that "it is a disgrace that my full cabinet is still not in place." But the slow pace of filling out Mr. Trump's cabinet can be attributed in part to decisions made in the early days of the nominee vetting process.

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, Ready to Govern, White House


How to win over Washington? Listen to your federal workforce
In the News

February 10, 2017

As the Trump administration’s new Cabinet secretaries and other top-level political appointees get acquainted with their responsibilities, some will find they have inherited high-performing organizations while others will discover that their agencies are struggling.

The Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, management


Why Donald Trump may end up hiring some of his critics
In the News

February 09, 2017

The administration’s hiring is running badly behind schedule. According to a tally kept by the Partnership for Public Service, a thinktank, Mr Trump has so far nominated 35 people to fill the top 693 positions in his administration, most of which require a congressional sign-off, which only seven nominees have received so far.

The Economist

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


Despite recent additions, Trump Cabinet still emptier than predecessors
In the News

February 09, 2017

If President Trump were to call a meeting of his Cabinet today, he wouldn't need a very big table. Or, he'd have to invite a bunch of Obama administration holdovers serving temporarily in acting roles.

NPR

Tag(s): appointments, Ready to Govern, White House


The real-life consequences of the federal hiring freeze
In the News

February 09, 2017

Donald Trump’s late January order to halt government hiring has produced stress, anxiety, and confusion for current employees and those wishing to join them.

The Atlantic

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, management, White House


Why Donald Trump may end up hiring some of his critics
In the News

February 09, 2017

“It is a sign of the anxiety in foreign policy circles in Washington, DC that the possible elevation of one of its most controversial members is being lauded as a return to sanity. At the urging of Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, Donald Trump is understood to be considering hiring Elliott Abrams (pictured above), a neoconservative veteran of George W. Bush’s administration, for the vacant number two slot at the State Department.”

The Economist


Trump facing historic delays in confirmation push
In the News

February 08, 2017

Even as he signs executive orders at a furious pace and plans 'yuge' changes across the federal government, President Trump is dealing with a major disadvantage: His team is not in place.

Fox News Politics

Tag(s): appointments, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump’s attacks on the media undermine his credibility
In the News

February 07, 2017

Trump's media attack undermines his credibility

 

Let's recount what happened Monday. First, the president of the United States, in front of U.S. military personnel, declared that the news media doesn't cover terrorist attacks. "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," President Trump said.

NBC News


The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government
In the News

February 06, 2017

The first 100 days will help set the stage for the Trump presidency. If the president is able to get his leadership team in place and effectively manage the federal government, he stands a far greater chance of implementing his policy agenda and providing effective services to the American people.

Bloomberg

Tag(s): appointments, Center for Presidential Transition, White House


President Trump's missing labor secretary
In the News

February 06, 2017

This week will mark two months since Donald Trump, then the president-elect, named Andrew Puzder as his choice to be secretary of labor. In the weeks since, most of the rest of Trump’s first batch of Cabinet nominees have, despite fits and starts and opposition from Democrats, advanced through the Senate confirmation process.

The Atlantic


The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government
In the News

February 06, 2017

President Donald Trump has a great deal to do in the next several months if he wants to deliver on his promises and effectively run the federal government. With 45 percent of Americans concerned that Trump cannot effectively manage the executive branch, according to a recent Gallup poll, the president should take a number of steps to ensure a smooth operation of the government.

Bloomberg Government


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