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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming From Inside the White House
In the News

July 24, 2017

On the morning after the election, November 9, 2016, the people who ran the U.S. Department of Energy turned up in their offices and waited. They had cleared 30 desks and freed up 30 parking spaces.

Vanity Fair


Why are so many crucial US government positions still unfilled?
In the News

July 21, 2017

They are the diplomats who implement foreign policy, commissioners who regulate trade and the economy, administrators responsible for airport security and space exploration, officials who will respond to the next natural disaster and the person charged with running the next US census. However, an unprecedented number of some of the most crucial jobs in government have yet to be filled by a presidential appointee.

The Guardian


Trump is falling further behind on confirmations
In the News

July 20, 2017

After six months in office, President Trump remains behind on filling the government with political appointees to oversee core government functions and to implement his policy agenda. The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tracking the president’s progress on putting forward nominees who require Senate consent before assuming a role.

The Washington Post


Presidential lethargy, not Democratic obstinacy, is to blame
In the News

July 20, 2017

It is almost as if Republicans did not control both Congress and the White House. President Donald Trump has struggled to carry out one of his basic duties, which is to fill government posts.

The Economist


At the White House, Trump isn't a good CEO—or President
In the News

July 20, 2017

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is paying the price for a record-breaking number of unfilled positions within his administration. And, while there is some evidence to support his claims of Democratic obstructionism, it is Trump's initial decision to leave positions vacant that has backfired to set a historic slow pace from which he has yet to recover.

Newsweek


Trump nominees lose patience with lengthy vetting process
In the News

July 20, 2017

Candidates for top Trump administration jobs are increasingly frustrated by the high cost and huge time commitment required to meet the government’s ethics and conflict-of-interest rules, complicating White House efforts to fill hundreds of crucial posts.

Politico


Trump makes 3rd attempt to fill Army secretary post, 1 of many key Pentagon jobs still vacant
In the News

July 20, 2017

President Donald Trump will nominate Army veteran and Raytheon executive Mark Esper to become the Army’s top civilian, the White House said Wednesday as it works to fill three dozen key Pentagon posts still vacant six months into the new administration. The announcement came one day after Trump’s pick to serve as the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian was confirmed by the Senate.

Stars and Stripes


This week, a few signs of progress toward filling top Pentagon positions
In the News

July 20, 2017

Ever so gradually, the Trump administration’s Pentagon team is continuing to take shape. This week, the Senate voted to confirm Patrick Shanahan as deputy secretary of Defense, the White House made picks for a new Army secretary and a key undersecretary of Defense position, and four additional Pentagon nominees went to Capitol Hill for their confirmation hearings.

Federal News Radio


GOP frets over stalled agenda
In the News

July 19, 2017

Republicans are scrambling to piece their agenda back together after infighting undercut their latest attempt to repeal ObamaCare. GOP lawmakers have been beset by setback after setback — including a president who has repeatedly caught them flat-footed — since voters gave them Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade.

The Hill


Save the Census
In the News

July 17, 2017

An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here. Every decade since 1790, as required by the Constitution, the federal government has undertaken a painstaking census of its people, the accuracy and fairness of which serves the interests of both political parties and of every citizen.

New York Times


Summer cut short
In the News

July 17, 2017

Recently, we heard the words that every House and Senate staffer hope they never hear—August recess is being cut short. Why? In short, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

High Plains Journal


Out with the old, in with the new-ish in USDA’s No. 2 post
In the News

July 15, 2017

The Al Almanza decade as USDA’s most important figure in food safety is ending, and Stephen Censky is coming in as deputy secretary to help Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue run the department. Almanza, deputy undersecretary for food safety and administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), is retiring from government effective July 31.

Food Safety News


Appointee Watch: Key posts at Agriculture, Energy and Justice
In the News

July 14, 2017

The Trump administration announced a number of key jobs at agencies this week, all while blasting Democrats for perceived intransigence in confirming appointees. The White House sent out a scathing press release Monday arguing that Senate Democrats have dragged their heels throughout the confirmation process.

Government Executive


Trump badly lagging Obama, Bush, Clinton in political appointees
In the News

July 14, 2017

Six months into his administration, President Donald Trump has far fewer political appointees in place than his four predecessors, stoking discontent among senior members of his administration and those seeking action with the federal government. Trump's four predecessors were at least three times faster than the current president at getting their nominees into their desks.

Politico


How Rex Tillerson turned the State Department into a ghost ship
In the News

July 13, 2017

When Donald Trump tapped Rex Tillerson, then CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as secretary of state, expectations weren't high. With zero experience in government or diplomacy, Tillerson got the job after winning the support of Steve Bannon, the iconoclastic former Breitbart News chief, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law.

Rolling Stone


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