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Trump push to cut political appointees reveals partisan split
In the News

March 06, 2017

"With Trump's Cabinet now largely in place, Capitol Hill is bracing for an onslaught of nominees for deputy secretaries, associate administrators and other senior officials. But the president doesn't seem to be in a hurry to hire people, and the parties are split over that decision."

E&E News

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump admin has over 500 unfilled appointed positions
In the News

March 05, 2017

Insight on 'America's News HQ' about the challenges presidents face when filling vacancies.

America's News HQ

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump seems to have 'lost interest' in creating a federal government
In the News

March 04, 2017

A New York Times op-ed published on Friday painted a stark picture of President Donald Trump's fledgling administration. Trump has appointed fewer than three dozen of the top 1,000 officials needed to run the US federal government.

Business Insider


NYT Editorial Board: Trump seems to have ‘lost interest’ in creating a federal government
In the News

March 04, 2017

"A New York Times op-ed published on Friday painted a stark picture of President Donald Trump's fledgling administration. Trump has appointed fewer than three dozen of the top 1,000 officials needed to run the US federal government."

Business Insider

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Home alone in the Trump administration
In the News

March 03, 2017

"Mr Trump promised a management mind-set "to make this country great again." First he needs managers."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump’s team nixed ethics course for White House staff
In the News

March 02, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s team rejected a course for senior White House staff, cabinet nominees and other political appointees that would have provided training on leadership, ethics and management, according to documents obtained by POLITICO."

Politico

Tag(s): appointees, Ready to Govern, White House


Broken budget process costs taxpayers billions of dollars
In the News

March 02, 2017

"The stage is set for another difficult year, and, for every day of budget gridlock, the efficiency and effectiveness of government suffers. This is bad news for the American people, who deserve a government that spends their money wisely. But even in this dysfunctional environment, some common sense reforms can be adopted to improve congressional and agency performance and save taxpayers billions of dollars."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, budget, White House


Trump’s advisers push him to purge Obama appointees
In the News

March 02, 2017

"Advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to purge the government of former President Barack Obama's political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him, amid a cascade of damaging stories that have put his nascent administration in seemingly constant crisis-control mode."

Politico

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Trump transition team spurned ethics, management training
In the News

March 02, 2017

The Trump transition team, as it shuffled personnel in the chaotic November-through-January preparations to take over the White House, backed out of contract for training the new administration’s staff and nominees on ethics and management issues pertinent to federal service, Politico reported on Wednesday.

Government Executive


Trump’s budget plan brings uncertainty, layoff fears
In the News

March 01, 2017

"Leave it to Donald Trump to bring a cold front to Washington’s warm winter. His plan to cut $54 billion in domestic discretionary spending could make his hiring freeze look like a sunny day. Yet the president’s budget plans are so vague at this point, federal employees don’t know how to dress. They should prepare for the worst. Taxpayers too."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, White House


Commerce secretary promises ‘special renaissance’ under Trump administration
In the News

March 01, 2017

"The Commerce Department faces some growing pains under President Donald Trump’s administration, including new challenges for the 2020 Census. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he anticipates a “special renaissance for the Department of Commerce” that includes making it the best place to work in the federal government."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, Ready to Govern, White House


Seven questions heading into Trump’s address to congress
In the News

February 28, 2017

"With President Trump set to address a joint session of Congress around 9:00 pm ET tonight, we can state the obvious: His administration has gotten off to a slow start. Just 15 members of his cabinet and team have won Senate confirmation, compared with 29 for Barack Obama and 22 for George W. Bush at this same point in time, per data from the Partnership for Public Service."

NBC News

Tag(s): Congress, transition management, White House


Trump: no plans to fill ‘unnecessary’ appointed positions
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it. Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation."

Fox News

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Out of curiosity, President Trump, which of these 500-plus positions aren’t worth filling?
In the News

February 28, 2017

"One problem with Trump’s admittedly clever spin on these positions is that it’s not like he’s suggesting the government cut 600 random jobs in distant, bloated government offices. The hundreds of jobs that are at stake are ones that require Senate approval, some 515 of which remain unfilled, according to a tool tracking those appointments that The Post developed with the Partnership for Public Service."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump’s off to a rough start. Here’s what can make his job easier.
In the News

February 28, 2017

"Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency as a billionaire businessman who would bring private-sector expertise to Washington. But as he quickly discovered, it is much harder running the federal government than a family enterprise."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): Ready to Govern, transition management, White House


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