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John Kelly is trying to solve the problem of Trump’s empty administration
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration is extremely understaffed, and it's up to Chief of Staff John Kelly to fill the hundreds of critical jobs that are vacant, according to new reports.

Salon


Trump blasts Schumer, Democrats for ‘obstructing’ nominations
In the News

October 16, 2017

President Trump on Monday ripped Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democrats, arguing they are unfairly blocking his nominees from getting a vote.

The Hill


Kelly tries to get empty administration jobs filled fast
In the News

October 15, 2017

White House chief of staff John Kelly is giving Cabinet secretaries more autonomy to pick top political appointees, reversing efforts under his predecessor Reince Priebus to run most appointments through the West Wing.

POLITICO


Trump leaves top administration positions unfilled, says hollow government by design
In the News

October 12, 2017

With President Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible vacancies at the sub-Cabinet level: hundreds of positions without a nominee, and a president who says he has no intention of filling many of the jobs.

NPR


Appointee watch: Kelly’s replacement at DHS announced
In the News

October 12, 2017

After months of Elaine Duke filling in as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, President Trump finally announced his choice to lead the department on a permanent basis Wednesday.

Government Executive


Trump says he won't fill 'a lot' of vacant appointments
In the News

October 10, 2017

President Donald Trump told Forbes in an interview published Tuesday that the size of some federal agencies is “unnecessary,” offering an explanation as to why he has left so many positions requiring a presidential appointment vacant.

POLITICO


Trump vacancies are here to stay
In the News

October 10, 2017

For months, President Donald Trump has lagged behind his predecessors in filling presidential appointments throughout the federal government.

CNN


Trump allies worry new Cabinet-level vacancies will go unfilled for months
In the News

October 08, 2017

Some of President Trump's staunchest allies have lost confidence in the administration's ability to fill several high-level vacancies that remain within the government, already casting doubt on whether the White House will decide on replacements for Tom Price at Health and Human Services and John Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security by the end of the year.

Washington Examiner


Help wanted: Staff shortages under Trump slow policy changes
In the News

October 06, 2017

Hundreds of government employees file in and out of the U.S. agency for auto safety in Washington every working day, investigating potentially dangerous vehicles and managing a $900 million annual budget.

Reuters


Beyond Trump’s daily skirmishes, two huge problems loom
In the News

October 05, 2017

Many of the recent controversies that have surrounded the Trump administration have been stories that have lasted only a few days. Think of Trump criticizing NFL players who take a knee, or San Juan’s mayor or Steph Curry.

NBC News


Trump taps Common Core foe as No. 2 at Education Department — but most key positions still vacant
In the News

October 04, 2017

President Trump just tapped as the Education Department’s No. 2 official a former state superintendent of South Carolina who opposes the Common Core State Standards and who in 2016 called Jeb Bush “the only candidate” prepared to be president.

The Washington Post


Appointee watch: Another cabinet-level job opens up
In the News

October 04, 2017

Although President Trump has made a number of appointments to key positions in the federal government in recent weeks, he encountered another setback last week.

Government Executive


Rex Tillerson is running the State Department into the ground
In the News

October 04, 2017

On November 10, 2016, my colleagues and I at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations gathered on the top floor of the building, which overlooks the U.N. General Assembly. My boss at the time, Ambassador Samantha Power, had convened the staff to discuss the transition in the aftermath of the election, the results of which had caught many of us by surprise. The U.S. Mission, like the State Department as a whole, brings together career Foreign and Civil Service officers with a handful of political appointees chosen by the president. Out of a staff of roughly 150 people, I was one of a few dozen political appointees.

POLITICO


Mallory Barg Bulman: Trump’s Swiss cheese administration?
In the News

October 04, 2017

With the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the Trump administration is starting to get that Swiss cheese look again. That’s two large-department openings. Plus FBI, Secret Service, the list goes on and on. For a fresh look at this recurring issue, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president of research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio


Trump has only had a full, permanent Cabinet for 94 days
In the News

October 04, 2017

President Donald Trump has been in office for 258 days. His Cabinet? Not so much. The President's Cabinet has been at full capacity -- with Senate-approved, permanent appointees -- for only 94 days so far in his term.

CNN


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