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“Trump’s fake “town hall’ was like a bad episode of VEEP”
In the News

April 04, 2017

"America’s first C.E.O. president, Donald Trump, held a “town hall” at the White House on Tuesday to discuss “the American business climate.” And, as usual, it was exactly the sort of slow-moving train wreck to which we have gradually become inured over the past several months."

Vanity Fair

Tag(s): White House


‘The fear is real’ Congress could enact Trump-level budget cuts
In the News

April 03, 2017

"A majority of federal employees who took a Federal News Radio survey said they believe Congress will make good on President Donald Trump’s proposed civilian agency cuts for fiscal 2018. And while the looming threat of cuts has put a damper on workforce morale, most respondents plan to stay on-the-job at their federal outposts."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): budget, Congress, White House


“Trump is ready for tax cuts, but his Treasury Department isn’t”
In the News

April 03, 2017

"After failing to pass health care legislation, the Trump administration said it would take control of the next legislative inititative, a tax overhaul. "Obviously, we're driving the train on this," said Sean Spicer, the president's spokesman."

The New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Meet the Obama holdovers who survived Trump’s sweep
In the News

April 01, 2017

"Anytime there is a change in administrations, career government officials face a tricky transition. But that process has been particularly difficult under Mr. Trump, because of the insurgent nature of his campaign and his deep suspicion of the permanent bureaucracy."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointees, management, White House


Mystery Trump workers hold DOE, Interior jobs
In the News

March 30, 2017

"Both Interior and DOE have numerous other mystery employees. EPA did not officially comment on beachhead employees, but their names are listed in a public directory — and an internal email giving more detail on their experience was widely leaked to reporters."

E&E News

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


Trump and May both need to avoid being at the mercy of events
In the News

March 30, 2017

"The problem, it seems, is that both May and Trump are relying on their past experiences to get them through in their current roles. This is understandable. Although she did not end up having to run against anybody for the leadership in the wake of Cameron's resignation, her very solidity and thorough mastery of her brief in her years at the Home Office made her attractive at a turbulent time in British politics. For Trump it was the very fact that he was a maverick businessman prepared to tear up the rules that so endeared him to those fed up with career politicians."

Forbes

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Margot Conrad: High marks for Trump management agenda
In the News

March 29, 2017

Tucked away in the Trump administration's budget blueprint is the President's management agenda. It lays out points of emphasis the President wants agency managers to show progress in. That's sort of a first for Presidential skinny budgets. The idea is receiving praise from good government associations like the Partnership for Public Service. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Margot Conrad, director of Education and Outreach for the Partnership, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal News Radio


Trump White House ponders way forward as troubles mount
In the News

March 29, 2017

"While critics question the administration's focus, or lack of it, Trump officials said they are working on what he promised during last year's campaign. "All of these are important and have been priorities that the president laid out months ago," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that officials are meeting and talking about "the best path forward.""

Politico

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Sean Spicer’s kiss of death: ‘phenomenal’
In the News

March 29, 2017

"The health care debacle, the travel ban setback, difficulties with Mexico, a slew of empty positions across the government — all are symptoms or causes of President Donald Trump’s rocky first few weeks in office. They also have another thing in common: White House press secretary Sean Spicer has used the word “phenomenal” to describe them."

Politico

Tag(s): management, White House


Can Trump fix government by running it like a business?
In the News

March 29, 2017

"Past administrations have attempted reform by taking cues from the private sector with mixed results. It might be even harder for a White House that lacks experience in government to achieve success."

The Atlantic

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump gets credit for tackling federal management issues
In the News

March 28, 2017

"President Trump’s new plan for a White House Office of American Innovation run by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is winning some plaudits from long-time observers of similar government efficiency campaigns. The danger, however, could appear in the form of large-scale layoffs and an unfruitful reliance on contractors, some say."

Government Executive

Tag(s): management, White House


Help wanted
In the News

March 28, 2017

"The collapse of the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare last week was followed by some unnerving revelations in the press, which painted a picture of a president who dismissed Republicans’ paramount concerns as “the little sh**” and a White House counselor who insisted to skeptical lawmakers that they had “no choice” but to vote for the bill. Now comes another glaring sign that the young administration is ill-prepared for the duties of governing: The astonishing number of high-level positions that President Trump still has yet to fill."

The National Review

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


Trump struggles to say ‘you’re hired’
In the News

March 28, 2017

Donald Trump vowed during his campaign to hire the “best people” once elected as president, but he lags badly behind his predecessor in terms of nominating people for top political appointments. The White House has nominated people for 45 roles that require Senate confirmation, compared to the 111 that Barack Obama had named at this point in his first term, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan group that tracks appointments.

Financial Times


Plans to streamline agencies, regulations likely to fall short
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump has big plans to overhaul the federal government and cut regulations in short order, but right now he just doesn’t have the people to carry them out. “There is clearly room to better organize the federal government,” said Beth Cobert, former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. “There is clearly room to think about regulatory streamlining.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump has a new innovation office. It’s unclear what that means for 18F and USDS.
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House, which has provided sparse details, will work with chief executives from prominent tech businesses including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, according to the Post. That new team will make policy recommendations and report directly to Trump on ways to “improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future and spur job creation,” according to a presidential memorandum issued late afternoon Monday."

NextGov

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


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