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Government bites back: Civil servants troll Trump, leak info
In the News

January 25, 2017

Across the government, an unprecedented digital insurrection is taking shape. President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign bashing the federal government, a system he described as awash in “waste fraud and abuse.” Now, the bureaucracy is biting back. In response to Trump’s hiring freeze for federal agencies and a communications blackout, some official social media accounts have tweeted out messages decidedly at odds with his agenda and leaks are flowing into newsrooms from across the federal government.

PBS Newshour


Trump assembles a shadow Cabinet
In the News

January 24, 2017

The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration's Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy. The aides chosen by the White House — given the title of senior adviser in each agency — have already been responsible for hiring at some departments and crafting the blueprint of Trump policy before the Cabinet members win Senate confirmation to take office.

Politico


No, the Trump transition is not far behind that of previous presidents
In the News

January 24, 2017

The Trump transition team—the first to operate under the 2015 Presidential Transition Improvements Act—assembled an array of numbers to showcase what it terms its rapid and efficient pace.

Government Executive


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

January 23, 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.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.

The Washington Post

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


Donald Trump and a sea of empty desks
In the News

January 23, 2017

An incoming president is expected to fill about 4,000 positions. Nominees for more than 1,100 of them must be confirmed by the Senate. It is impossible for any president to fill all these positions by Day 1. But transition veterans recommend that a new president have a White House team assembled — 450 people who don’t require Senate confirmation — and have nominees for the top 100 positions that must be Senate-confirmed.

The New York Times

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


Revenge of the bureaucrats
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump is setting himself up for a messy clash with the country’s 2.1 million federal employees as his administration quietly preps plans to cut the size of the government workforce. As one of his first acts Monday, Trump signed an executive order freezing most federal hiring.

Politico


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety. The move — coming on the new president’s first full working day in the White House — represents the opening salvo in what could be the most concerted effort to overhaul the federal workforce in 35 years.

The Washington Post


Rex Tillerson receives backing to be Secretary of State from key senators
In the News

January 22, 2017

Despite his history of business and friendship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, oil boss Rex Tillerson gained two key supporters among Republican skeptics on Sunday. A Democratic leader, meanwhile, hinted at battles to come over Donald Trump’s extremely conservative picks to fill the government.

The Guardian


David Eagles: Day One and beyond for Trump administration
In the News

January 20, 2017

Crowds haven't chased Donald Trump into a hotel nor overrun the White House like they did in the 1829 inauguration of Andrew Jackson. But the election and transition have been heated.  Now the new administration must get down to work.

Federal News Radio


Is the Trump team ready to run the government?
In the News

January 19, 2017

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Donald Trump might sign four or five executive actions shortly after he's sworn in on Friday—but it’s unclear who will be available to carry them out.

New York Magazine

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, appointments, policy


The Trump administration is about to begin, and so is the media's big opportunity
In the News

January 19, 2017

On Friday, at noon ET, the Obama Administration ends and the Trump Administration begins. With it comes the biggest challenge that the media has ever faced in covering a president.

Forbes


Why Trump is keeping some Obama appointees around
In the News

January 19, 2017

Donald Rumsfeld is not joining the Trump administration, but one of his most famous rules is: “You go to war with the Army you have—not the Army you might wish you have.” Or the secretary of the Army, as the case might be.

The Atlantic


The people you don’t know who could be running the government on Friday
In the News

January 18, 2017

On the day Donald Trump is sworn in as president, a group of civil servants most people have never heard of will likely be running some of the country’s most critical cabinet posts, at least temporarily. It’s very unlikely that all or even most of Trump’s cabinet nominees will be confirmed by the Senate Friday, but tradition means that the members of President Barack Obama's current cabinet all depart at noon, leaving many posts without permanent leaders on Day One of Trump’s presidency.

CNN


The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House
In the News

January 18, 2017

Partnership president and CEO Max Stier appears in a new documentary, from CNN titled “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House&rdquo. The film picks up right after the November 8 election, which ushered in Donald J. Trump as America's president elect.

CNN

Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical


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