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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


Transition television, from PBS and CNN
In the News

January 16, 2017

This is just a guess, but the pre-inaugural programming that is all over television at the moment feels as if it might go largely unwatched. The offerings are generally some combination of Obama-years retrospective and how-we-got-to-this-point analysis.

The New York Times


This tiny, wonky US government agency you’ve never heard of is battling Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest
In the News

January 13, 2017

You have heard of the FBI, and the DOJ—but do you know the OGE? The US Office of Government Ethics, created in 1978 in response to scandals within the Nixon administration, has fewer than 80 employees and, normally, has a low profile role as one of the necessary, yet unglamorous, bureaucratic agencies that keep the wheels of the executive branch of the US federal government turning.

Quartz


Obama’s federal workplace legacy is mixed, but he’ll be missed
In the News

January 13, 2017

President Obama entered office eight years ago optimistic that he could “make government cool again.” Now he’s preparing to leave the White House to Donald Trump and his cynical “drain-the-swamp” approach to governing.

The Washington Post


Mallory Barg Bulman: How to manage through the presidential transition
In the News

January 11, 2017

Lots of federal managers have asked how they help manage through the upcoming presidential transition. Some tried-and-true basics for taking care of people can certainly help.

Federal News Radio


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