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Trump administration goes on a nomination spree
In the News

July 07, 2017

Nominations sent to the Senate by the Trump administration have picked up, with 44% of the total nominations so far coming in June, according to data from Partnership for Public Service. Why it matters: Although the administration is making progress, Trump's nominations have been delayed from the start and there are around 1,200 federal positions total to fill, per the 2016 Plumb Book, which tracks presidentially appointed positions.

Axios


Federal employee civil service protections outdated? The experts speak.
In the News

July 07, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is a game-changer for the federal workforce and a reason to worry about the future of due process for federal employees. At the legislation’s recent White House signing ceremony, President Trump put the government’s workforce in general on notice when he said “outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”

Washington Post


26 key bioterrorism jobs the Trump administration has not yet filled
In the News

July 07, 2017

Biological threats pose some of the gravest health risks in our increasingly interconnected world. They can be naturally occurring, such as outbreaks of Ebola infections, or bioterrorism, such as the anthrax attacks in 2001. A study reported this week renews worries about human-made biological agents.

 

Washington Post


Ethics Office Director Resigns to Join Watchdog Group
In the News

July 06, 2017

The director of the federal Office of Government Ethics, who has clashed repeatedly with the Trump administration, announced Thursday he will step down before his term ends to join a nonpartisan watchdog organization. Walter Shaub Jr. is leaving the post he’s held since January 2013 to become senior director for ethics at the Campaign Legal Center. Shaub’s resignation and new position take effect July 19.

Roll Call


Half of Trump’s major federal agencies still only have one Senate-confirmed appointee
In the News

June 27, 2017

President Trump has a major staffing problem. He has been president for five months, and yet his agencies are severely understaffed at the highest levels. And, no, it's not all Senate Democrats' fault.

The Washington Post


Trump's rows of unfilled agency jobs could bump up against vacancies act
In the News

June 23, 2017

New presidential administrations get a break under the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act: an extra 90 days to fill top agency jobs in addition to the 210-day maximum for which acting officials can fill in. But according to the latest tracker by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, Trump has submitted no nominee for 396 of the key agency posts, has nominated 104 people and has had only 45 confirmed.

 

Government Executive


Appointee watch: Senators grill Defense pick, confirm FEMA Director
In the News

June 21, 2017

While in recent weeks, several nominees to key positions in the Trump administration had relatively quiet confirmation processes, the same could not be said for the White House’s pick for deputy Defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan. The Washington Post reported that on Tuesday, Shanahan faced stark criticism from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who questioned his relative lack of experience in the Defense Department and what they perceived as inadequate answers to policy questions.

Government Executive


Jennifer Rubin: President Trump issues orders, but is anyone listening?
In the News

June 21, 2017

President Trump, used to dazzling the gullible with showmanship and exaggerated promises (lies, in other words), seems to think that the federal government can be run by 20 of his closest aides. He imagines — or would have us imagine — that tweeting or sending out a raft of executive orders constitutes governing.

The Washington Post


How COOs are indispensable to management agendas
In the News

June 20, 2017

There’s a secret weapon when it comes to moving forward on management agendas in government: chief operating officers. These COOs frequently occupy deputy secretary positions that require Senate confirmation, many of which are vacant in the current administration.

Federal News Radio


How the high number of government vacancies hurts efficiency
In the News

June 20, 2017

There are more than 1,100 positions in the U.S. government that require a president's nomination and Senate approval. Only 43 of President Trump's nominees have been approved and more than 100 are awaiting confirmation. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Max Stier, president and CEO of Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan nonprofit that tracks political appointments and nominations, about the impact of so many open positions.

WBUR: Here and Now


18 down, 35 to go: White House begins to pick up pace on Defense political nominations
In the News

June 20, 2017

After a period of several months in which James Mattis was the Trump Administration’s sole political appointee in the Pentagon, the nomination and confirmation process for Defense Department nominees finally appears to be picking up a bit of steam, and Mattis says more nominations are on the way. As of this time a month ago, only five prospective Defense officials were even in the confirmation process.

Federal News Radio


Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads
In the News

June 19, 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo carves out three hours almost every weekday to drive from Langley, Virginia, to the White House with his team to give President Donald Trump his national security briefing in person. The CIA director’s treks to the West Wing reflect Trump’s insistence on frequent meetings with favored members of his team.

POLITICO


Management reform efforts to meet personnel challenges
In the News

June 16, 2017

Long-standing challenges in federal personnel management lie ahead for the Trump administration in its efforts to restructure the government, a report from the Partnership for Public Service says. These include for example skills gaps identified by GAO and others in mission-critical fields such as cybersecurity, contracting and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

FEDweek


Zinke moving dozens of senior Interior Department officials in shake-up
In the News

June 16, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reassigning dozens of top career officials within his ranks, a shake-up that appears to be the start of a broad reorganization of a department that manages one-fifth of all land within the United States.

The Washington Post


Trump’s empty administration: What’s behind the high number of vacant government jobs
In the News

June 16, 2017

It's no secret that the Trump administration is way behind on filling key positions as hundreds of top jobs sit unfilled nearly 150 days into the president’s term. President Trump has complained that the process of confirming his nominees is “record-setting long” and recently took to Twitter to blame the Democrats for stalling the process.

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