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Trump is overdue nominating a U.S. attorney for Colorado
In the News

June 15, 2017

Colorado has not had a permanent U.S. attorney since last summer. In fact, all 93 U.S. attorney positions throughout the country are vacant because President Donald Trump has not yet nominated new ones.

 

The Denver Post


COOs can make government work better -- if they're hired
In the News

June 15, 2017

Agency chief operating officers can and should take the lead in improving government efficiency and service delivery, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. But first, agencies have to hire some COOs.

FCW: The Business of Federal Technology


Morale is down, but federal employees remain dedicated to their agency missions
In the News

June 14, 2017

The change in administrations and a series of proposals, from workforce reductions to reorganizing and streamlining government, has created uncertainty for federal employees. To get some perspective on how employees view the current situation, my organization – the Partnership for Public Service – recently conducted an online survey of individuals who have participated in our leadership development and other programs.

Huffington Post


Federal recruiting could get even harder with loan program's demise
In the News

June 13, 2017

The Trump administration wants to axe a program designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in government and the nonprofit sector, but experts said the move would jeopardize efforts to recruit the next generation of federal employees.

Government Executive


Treasury's Mnuchin asks for more power to oversee Wall Street banks
In the News

June 13, 2017

Tucked among dozens of recommendations in a report released by the Treasury Department Monday is a request to expand Mnuchin's authority as chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a regulatory group created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

CNN Money


The Trump administration struggles to bring down its own unemployment rate
In the News

June 08, 2017
There are lots of reasons people go to work in the White House: Serve their country. Be a witness to history. Change the world. Whatever the reason, ending up in front of a grand jury or testifying before Congress is not on the list.

Marketplace


Does Trump's unpredictability undermine his staff?
In the News

June 08, 2017
James Comey's opening statement reads like the test answer you're supposed to give at the end of the Human Resources training video. When your superior makes you uncomfortable should you a) explain your boundaries b) discuss the issue with your direct report c) make contemporaneous notes to lock in your recollection or d) all of the above.

CBS News


President Trump granted lawyers, lobbyists ethics waivers to work for him
In the News

June 07, 2017
Trump administration officials granted ethics waivers that allow nearly a dozen staffers sprinkled throughout government agencies to work on issues that could affect their former clients and employers, according to documents released Wednesday by the government’s top ethics watchdog.

USA Today


Trump is crippling his agenda by leaving top jobs unfilled
In the News

June 07, 2017
So far, he's nominated only 111 of them. No president in modern history has fallen so far behind in naming heads of agencies, assistant secretaries, ambassadors and other critical leadership roles that require Senate approval.

CNN Money


Executive branch vacancies jeopardize Trump's planned reforms
In the News

June 07, 2017
For many senior government officials, June 30 is D-Day. That’s when the Trump White House wants leaders at every agency to submit proposals to “maximize employee performance” as spelled out in an April memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB’s guidance aims to make good on President Trump’s March 13 executive order on a comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch.”

Government Executive


Connolly: Lack of Trump appointees could stall IT modernization
In the News

June 07, 2017
For all of the bipartisan goodwill that modernizing the government’s information technology has garnered, there’s one thing that Gerry Connolly thinks can bring it to a halt: the executive branch.

Federal Times


Under Trump, regulation slows to a crawl
In the News

June 07, 2017
Before he took office, Donald Trump promised to roll back the reach of the federal government, saying that he would end the "regulation industry" on the first day of his presidency. The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump's inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt.

POLITICO


Podcast: What happens when empty desks run the government
In the News

June 07, 2017
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats June 5 for “taking forever” to approve his administration’s appointees in a tweet, saying that “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”

Bloomberg BNA


“Above average” hurricane season starts without anyone running FEMA
In the News

June 06, 2017
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season started Thursday without anyone to run the two most important agencies in charge of protecting the U.S. from the violent weather.

VICE


Trump has filled just 15 percent of the government’s top science jobs
In the News

June 06, 2017
Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change.

The Washington Post


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