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Trump's government overhaul hits a speed bump
In the News

August 07, 2017

President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul the federal government hit another obstacle last week when his pick to head the Office of Personnel Management, George Nesterczuk, quietly withdrew from consideration—leaving the administration with no nominee to run a small but crucial agency that oversees policies for all 2 million employees of the federal government and would be integral to any sweeping effort to reform its workforce.

POLITICO


At 200-day mark, Trump nominations still lag
In the News

August 07, 2017

On President Donald Trump's 200th day in office, he still lags far behind his predecessors in staffing up his administration, both in terms of nominations and confirming those positions. Any new administration has to fill roughly 4,000 positions across the government, more than 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. While no administration can accomplish that task in 200 days, the nonprofit good-government group Partnership for Public Service recommends having the most important 300-400 confirmed by August recess.

CNN


Where Trump’s nominations and confirmations stand as the Senate packs up for August
In the News

August 04, 2017

One of Trump’s most common complaints about Congress has been what he calls its “obstruction” of his nominees. Trump got a big boost in his number of confirmations on Thursday, though, when the Senate greenlighted dozens of pending nominees before leaving town.

NBC News


At 200-day mark, Trump still trails predecessors in filling jobs
In the News

August 04, 2017

Just ahead of President Donald Trump’s 200th day in office, the Senate confirmed dozens of his nominees in a significant sign of a stepped-up pace to fill jobs, including judgeships. In all, the Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed 78 nominees, among them three judges and seven military officers. The remaining confirmations were for civilian political appointees across the executive branch

The Daily Signal


'Death by a thousand cuts': Empty State Department offices sap morale, some staffers say
In the News

August 04, 2017

For four years, Ira N. Forman served as the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, a State Department post in which he advocated on behalf of Jewish communities at risk around the globe. He resigned, as required for political appointees, on Jan. 20, the day President Trump took office. But six months later, Forman and his staff have not been replaced.

The Los Angeles Times


Senate confirms dozens of nominees as they leave for August break
In the News

August 03, 2017

The Senate confirmed dozens of President Trump's nominations on Thursday as lawmakers race to leave town for the August recess. Senators confirmed nearly 70 nominees by unanimous consent — allowing lawmakers to skip over a marathon of votes. The deal was a result of days of negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The Hill


Much work ahead for agency leadership, Partnership says
In the News

August 03, 2017

At the 200-day mark the Trump administration “has struggled to build cohesive leadership teams across government or work closely with the career workforce to accomplish his goal of improving agency effectiveness,” the Partnership for Public Service has said. It credited the administration with paying significant attention to government management issues by focusing on government reorganization, laying out a management framework, and committing to strengthening and modernizing agency IT and cybersecurity.

FEDweek


The Senate finally gives Trump his administration
In the News

August 03, 2017

And just like that, Donald Trump finally has the semblance of a presidential administration. In the span of a few minutes on Thursday afternoon, the Senate confirmed dozens of the president’s stalled nominees to key posts in several departments. The departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Commerce got long-awaited deputy, under, and assistant secretaries. NATO, the United Kingdom, and a bevy of other countries received U.S. ambassadors. And three districts got federal prosecutors months after the president fired nearly all of the U.S. attorneys who served under Barack Obama.

The Atlantic


Meet Republicans Halfway
In the News

August 02, 2017

Here’s a bipartisan deal for the Senate to consider: Republicans publicly commit to ending their efforts at Obamacare repeal, and Democrats start to confirm more of President Trump’s nominees. So far, the Senate has obstructed those nominees at a higher rate than for any president on record. Only 20 percent of President Trump’s executive-branch nominees had been confirmed through July 31, compared with at least 56 percent at the same point in the terms of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to the Partnership for Public Service.

The New York Times


Trump’s administration is way behind in appointments
In the News

August 01, 2017

Partnership for Public Service, which in conjunction with The Post has been tracking the pace of executive branch nominations, came out with a report in anticipation of the first 200 days of the Trump administration. It creates an embarrassing portrait of sloth and ineptitude: “During this time, Trump has prioritized government reorganization, laid out a management framework and promised to bring private sector technology advances to federal agencies.

The Washington Post


Latest Tally on Agency Vacancies Not Flattering to Trump White House
In the News

July 31, 2017

The Trump administration has shown progress in accelerating the pace of nominations for key agency vacancies but still lags far behind the pace of recent presidential administrations, according to two nonprofits tracking Trump appointments. As President Trump approaches his 200th day in office (Aug. 7), he has nominated 255 people for the 1,100-plus positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to a tracker kept by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

Government Executive


Ryan Zinke, Trump's Cowboy Enforcer, Is Ready for His Closeup
In the News

July 30, 2017

It was almost parody, the way he rolled in, Ryan Zinke's six-foot-four frame hunched in the bucket seat of a black SUV. The tires sent up dust as they stopped, and out stepped the secretary of the interior, his gold "MONTANA" belt buckle glinting in the sun.

GQ


There are three branches of government, and two are in distress
In the News

July 28, 2017

There are three branches of government, and two of them are in serious distress. What once passed for governing and leadership has become a spectacle of disservice by people who call themselves public servants.

The Washington Post


Trump's Cabinet woes could cripple administration, ex-WH staffers say
In the News

July 28, 2017

President Donald Trump's public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as reported infighting with other officials, will only cause problems as he continues to lag in staffing his administration, veterans of previous administrations say. Trump has spent a week publicly expressing frustration with Sessions in a series of interviews and tweets, calling him "beleaguered" and "very weak."

CNN


Mallory Barg Bulman: Key positions remain unfilled in Trump administration
In the News

July 26, 2017

Six months in and the Trump administration — 12.5 percent through its term — still has many appointed positions unfilled. Mallory Barg Bulman is vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio


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