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OPM offers flex for Harvey hiring
In the News

August 28, 2017

As government continues to respond to devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey, the Office of Personnel Management reminded agencies that there are exceptions in place to fast-track hiring of critical-need positions, despite the federal hiring slowdown.

Federal Computer Week


Where, oh where, are all Trump’s political appointees?
In the News

August 25, 2017

No one should fall for the notion of a conspiratorial “deep-state” cabal running the government, as some of President Trump’s supporters like to suggest. But there is a phalanx of officials who are powerful and influence the course of events: hundreds of presidential appointees across the government. They hammer out policy and then execute it.

The Washington Post


Lack of political leadership could hamper Harvey response, Katrina veterans warn
In the News

August 25, 2017

Career staff are well positioned to provide disaster response and assistance as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas and Louisiana Friday, according to former leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the career employees could run into problems coordinating with counterparts at other agencies without political leadership.

Government Executive


Border wall standoff
In the News

August 24, 2017

In fiscal year 2016, DHS gained 3 percentage points. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, stressed that the metric isn’t about happiness, it’s about getting employees involved and interested in their work. “If you get employees who are engaged you get better performance,” he said.

POLITICO


Is Trump making the political environment for top civil servants worse?
In the News

August 22, 2017

Uncle Sam can be a good boss in many ways, but his board of directors, a.k.a. Congress, and his chief executive, a.k.a. the president, can make life difficult for his staff, particularly those at the top of the civil service. A recently released Office of Personnel Management survey shows that work environment issues are “the highest contributing factors” in the decision of federal senior executives to leave government. At the top of that list is the political environment, followed by the closely related organizational culture and senior leadership. The senior leadership, dominated by political appointees, strongly influences the culture.

The Washington Post


Contractors see delays as Pentagon’s high-level jobs go unfilled
In the News

August 21, 2017

Top executives at four of the nation’s biggest government services firms have publicly griped in calls with investors about the slow pace at which key federal leadership positions are being filled, saying the vacancies are causing a slowdown in the pace of contract awards and making it difficult to plan for the future. They alternately blamed the White House for failing to offer up candidates and Congress for failing to approve those who have been appointed.

Washington Post


Fears grow that Trump could ignore Congress on spending
In the News

August 18, 2017

Lawmakers and activists are preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump's administration, in its zeal to slash the federal budget, will take the rare step of deliberately not spending all the money Congress gives it — a move sure to trigger legal and political battles.

POLITICO


Interior senior executives left in the dark amid reorg, reassignments
In the News

August 17, 2017

Some of the Interior Department’s longest-tenured and most experienced career executives say they’re feeling undervalued and overlooked as the agency begins a major effort to restructure and reorganize. Their criticisms come as Interior political leadership charges forward with a major reorganization effort that includes the reassignment of 30-to-50 senior executives back in June and another round of job transfers expected in the next few weeks.

Federal News Radio


With no confirmed director, OPM could struggle to implement Trump’s agenda
In the News

August 17, 2017

The federal government’s human resources office faces a slew of responsibilities in the coming months and years as President Trump aims to shrink many agencies and revamp the civil service, but it is tackling those issues without any leadership handpicked by the administration calling for those changes.

Government Executive


Snubbed Federal Reserve nominee a warning as Trump struggles to fill key posts
In the News

August 16, 2017

Allan Landon prepared for his job at the Federal Reserve for two-and-a-half years during the Obama administration before his nomination sank into the partisan quicksand of Washington D.C., a swamp which has only deepened under President Donald Trump, leaving more vacancies than ever at the top of the U.S. federal government.

Reuters


Government science agencies still lack permanent leaders
In the News

August 15, 2017

Of 577 key federal jobs requiring Senate confirmation, only 106 have had nominees put forward by President Trump. That's according to the count by the Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. Those vacancies include leadership roles at NASA and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With no one at the helm, science-based agencies can’t undertake major new research or other initiatives, and lose their effectiveness. But under the current White House administration, new leadership could be more disruptive.

Marketplace


The view from the White House is a lonely one as the business community abandons Trump
In the News

August 15, 2017

Donald Trump's White House is on fire — and not in a good way. The leading figures in American business are embarrassed to be associated with the president, even though he has promised to cut their taxes and regulations. Now his "Manufacturing Council" and "Strategic and Policy Forum" have been disbanded. That those bodies weren't doing much to begin with mirrors the Potemkin quality of the Trump White House itself.

CNBC


Trump administration still riddled with key vacancies
In the News

August 11, 2017

The Senate ended its bitterly partisan health care debate last week with little-noticed harmony on confirmations, as more than five dozen picks by President Donald Trump were cleared for senior posts across the government. But that spree of approvals still leaves the president with 147 nominees awaiting Senate action — significantly more than the previous four administrations had as of early August, according to a tally kept by the independent Partnership for Public Service.

POLITICO


State Department confronts North Korea with rows of vacant positions
In the News

August 11, 2017

The rising tensions between President Trump and the missile-launching government of North Korea are playing out with a State Department that continues to operate with corridors of unfilled leadership jobs. The Trump White House has made only a third of the nominations needed to fill 130 key jobs at the department, according to a tracking tool from the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

Government Executive


A bunch of North Korea-related posts in the Trump administration are still empty
In the News

August 10, 2017

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are growing stronger and all eyes are focused on how President Donald Trump and his team will navigate the road ahead. There's just one wrinkle: a lot of major posts across the executive branch are still empty, because the Trump administration has yet to nominate them.

CNN


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