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With Viola out, new service secretaries could take months
In the News

February 06, 2017

Even before President Trump’s nominee to lead the Army abruptly withdrew his name from consideration late Friday over business entanglements, it would have taken months before the Pentagon’s top jobs would be filled.  If history is a guide, the exit of Vincent Viola, founder of digital stock trading firm Virtu Financial and owner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, set back a process that would have already extended into April or beyond, insiders told Defense News.

Defense News


Job prospects for some UMD students are “in limbo” after Trump’s hiring freeze
In the News

February 06, 2017

Some University of Maryland students approaching graduation could be at risk of losing job and internship opportunities within the federal government because of President Trump's hiring freeze. The memorandum, enacted in late January, freezes hiring in the federal civilian workforce for 90 days, affecting jobs such as those in the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington.

The Diamondback


Sluggish pace of filling Trump’s Cabinet-level posts shows no sign of easing
In the News

February 04, 2017

President Trump’s administration has been simultaneously splashy and slow to take shape, hindered by its own rocky transition and congressional Democratic opposition that shows no sign of easing. Six nominees for Cabinet-level positions have been confirmed by the Senate.

The Seattle Times


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

February 04, 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


Trump's illusion of unusual action
In the News

February 03, 2017

Everyone seems to agree that, for better or worse, Donald Trump's presidency is off to a fast start. But it's not. Trump has done an excellent job of kicking up a ton of dirt. But two weeks in, there's a lot less than may seem.

Bloomberg

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


Trump missing top lieutenants across federal government
In the News

February 03, 2017

President Donald Trump has so far failed to nominate deputies and other top officials to run the day-to-day operations at most federal agencies, creating a vacuum across the government that has businesses, lobbyists and lawmakers in limbo as they wait to see how Trump’s agenda will be carried out.

Politico

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, Center for Presidential Transition


Don’t despair over Trump policies, civic tech leader says
In the News

February 03, 2017

Despite any feelings of uncertainty or despair stemming from changes at the White House, innovators should not abandon the cause of improved service delivery for citizens, Code for America founder and executive director Jennifer Pahlka said. Speaking at an event hosted by Reinvent in San Francisco on Jan. 19, Pahlka urged an audience of civic technologists and policy makers not to withdraw from their work, noting the progress made in recent years.

FedScoop


Trump's illusion of unusual action
In the News

February 03, 2017

Everyone seems to agree that, for better or worse, Donald Trump's presidency is off to a fast start. But it's not. Trump has done an excellent job of kicking up a ton of dirt. But two weeks in, there's a lot less than may seem.

Bloomberg View


Trump to bureaucrats: You’re not hired
In the News

February 02, 2017

Last week, following through on a campaign promise, President Trump announced a hiring freeze on federal civilian workers — “across the board.” The freeze, said Trump’s surrogate embellisher, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “ensures the American taxpayers get effective and efficient government.”

National Review


Still-vacant appointments threaten implementation of Trump agenda
In the News

January 30, 2017

During his first week in office, President Donald Trump upended U.S. trade policy, directed officials to begin making plans to build a wall on the southern border and ordered an investigation into vote fraud, all with the stroke of a pen. But experts warn the flurry of activity from the Oval Office could slow to a grind when it comes to the implementation of many of those plans if Trump doesn't pick up the pace in selecting nominees for hundreds of appointed posts that fill out the executive branch.”

NBC News


How the hiring freeze could impact the federal IT and cybersecurity workforce
In the News

January 30, 2017

One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to sign an executive order implementing an across-the-board hiring freeze in federal government. The specific details of that freeze and its immediate impacts on IT are still being worked out — particularly whether any of those positions might be granted exemptions for national security and public safety purposes.

FedScoop


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 27, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, policy, transition management


Trump’s fevered executive orders leave Capitol Hill in chaos
In the News

January 26, 2017

Donald Trump has approached the presidency with the same impulsivity that defined his tumultuous campaign, using his first five days in the Oval Office to issue a slew of executive actions at a breakneck pace that has left government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to keep up, and policy experts to wonder if some of Trump’s actions are even legal. While President Barack Obama’s administration adopted a meticulous, weeks-long approach to drafting and issuing executive orders—thoroughly vetting any actions with affected agencies, lawmakers, and legal experts—the nascent Trump administration has been churning out initiatives at full tilt and, largely, without proper review

Vanity Fair


6 leadership priorities for Trump’s first 100 days
In the News

January 25, 2017

The Trump administration should take certain critical steps to prioritize government management in the first 100 days, according to suggestions by the Partnership for Public Service. Stressing the importance of having well-qualified, well-prepared teams vetted and confirmed by the Senate to address critical domestic, economic and national security challenges, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is offering up six recommendations as the top departmental and agency leaders are chosen.

Federal Times


CIO transition shakeup: The new (and old) faces under Donald Trump
In the News

January 25, 2017

“President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and some other top positions are filling up, but not many of the federal government’s top IT leaders have been selected yet. Career officials had to step into those roles until new leaders are appointed. Some chief information officers were politically appointed, and many of those left on or before Inauguration Day.”

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