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Hurricane season starts with Trump appointees missing at FEMA and NOAA, the agencies that deal with hurricanes
In the News

June 02, 2017
The 2017 hurricane season started Thursday with no Trump Administration appointees running the two federal agencies most involved in dealing with hurricanes. Five months after President Donald J. Trump was sworn in, no one has taken the reins at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of disasters such as a hurricane.

Tampa Bay Times


Diplomats in limbo at a State Department where most leadership is temporary
In the News

June 01, 2017
The slow pace of filling top jobs at the State Department is having a ripple effect through the ranks of career diplomats as the traditional summer rotation season approaches, leaving some top officials in a holding pattern overseas while others wait with no promises about their next job. Without further assignments, diplomats serving as U.S. ambassadors in more than two dozen countries will stay put indefinitely.

The Washington Post


Trump’s nominees have already faced a large number of cloture votes
In the News

June 01, 2017
The confirmation battles over President Donald Trump’s nominees didn’t end when the Republican-led Senate changed its rules in early April to enable simple majorities to end filibusters on Supreme Court nominations. Nor did they end when Trump’s final Cabinet pick, Alexander Acosta, was confirmed as labor secretary later that same month.

Pew Research Center


Trump is having a hard time hiring people — and constant turmoil doesn't help
In the News

May 31, 2017
President Donald Trump is struggling to fill hundreds of government jobs, and the task isn't getting any easier in a hectic White House. Just over four months into his administration, Trump has lagged far behind recent administrations in getting executive branch officials confirmed by the Senate — or even nominating anyone for the jobs.

CNBC


Russia probe scares off potential appointees
In the News

May 31, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to fill hundreds of vacant jobs across the federal government has hit a new snag: Russia. Potential hires are paying close attention to the expanding investigations, which have now begun to touch senior Trump aides, with some questioning whether they want to join the administration.

Politico


Will anyone in Washington still work for Donald Trump?
In the News

May 31, 2017
The departure of Donald Trump’s communications director, Michael Dubke, was not unexpected. With the White House under the F.B.I.’s magnifying glass, Trump has been said to be considering a wide-ranging staff shakeup after he blamed his in-house press shop for failing to contain the fallout from his abrupt decision to fire James Comey, and Dubke was a fitting first casualty of the coming purge.

Vanity Fair


Russian probes hinder White House’s attempt to fill admin jobs
In the News

May 31, 2017
The Russian probes swirling around the White House are having a chilling effect on the Trump administration’s attempts to fill hundreds of positions, according to a report on Wednesday. The nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service said the White House lags far behind previous administrations in naming candidates for federal vacancies — former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush nominated twice as many in their first year, Politico reported.

New York Post


The White House is stuck in limbo
In the News

May 31, 2017
What's worse than a White House that needs (another) reboot? How about a White House that's stuck in limbo?

NBC News


'COVFEFE': Trump's late-night tweet goes viral -- TRUMP's 'cellphone diplomacy' -- BUZZ: White House war room to EEOB -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Romney's retreat schedule -- COMING IN SEPT.: London Playboo
In the News

May 31, 2017
Four people who work closely with prospective nominees told POLITICO that some potential hires are having second thoughts about trying to land executive branch appointments as federal and congressional investigations threaten to pose a serious distraction to Trump’s agenda.

Politico Playbook


Mallory Barg Bulman: Managers needed for cyber agency vacancies
In the News

May 31, 2017
Cybersecurity is more about people than technology. That's why the federal agencies having to do with cybersecurity need certain vacant management positions filled. Federal News Radio's Eric White discussed this with Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal News Radio


Defenders of the faith in government
In the News

May 27, 2017
Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce and a wealthy private businessman, was asked for his first impressions of government service. “I thought the quality of people in the government was not as high as it has turned out to be,” he said.

The New York Times


Appointee Watch: Nominees for Personnel Management, Overseas Posts and More
In the News

May 25, 2017
Although the Trump administration started slowly with its appointment of key agency positions and advisers, the nomination process has accelerated. Trump this week announced his pick for director of the Office of Personnel Management: George Nesterczuk, a veteran of the civil service reform movement and a polarizing figure among the federal workforce.

Government Executive


GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing
In the News

May 25, 2017
Republicans in Congress are frustrated with how long it has taken for President Trump to staff up his administration and say the lack of progress in filling important sub-Cabinet positions has stalled the agenda. GOP lawmakers say the president has dragged his feet on submitting nominees for Senate confirmation and needs to pick up the pace.

The Hill


Another threat to Trump’s presidency: empty seats throughout his administration
In the News

May 21, 2017
"Getting the 2020 count right on a lower budget would be a huge headache for the top leadership of the Census Bureau. If, that is, the bureau had top leadership. The director of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, abruptly announced his resignation earlier this month, and the position of deputy secretary and chief operating officer has been left empty by the Trump administration. So, for that matter, has the position of under secretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, the appointee who oversees the Census Bureau. As of Friday, in fact, Secretary Wilbur Ross was the sole senior appointee in the entire department to have been confirmed."

The Fiscal Times

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


At a White House in crisis, Trump look increasingly isolated
In the News

May 20, 2017
"At the same time, Trump's failure to fill senior roles at federal agencies means he does not have a cadre of loyalists who can help rein in a bureaucracy that many in Trump’s orbit believe are out to leak information intended to damage the president. That has worsened the isolation of the White House in a city that relies on friends and allies to shake off a crisis."

Reuters

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


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