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Performance specialists like Trump’s management agenda
In the News

March 20, 2017

"A surprising amount of text in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 “skinny budget” released last Thursday was devoted to reforming agency management. Among the proposals were calls to reorganize government to boost efficiency, to rely on data to judge program performance, and to free managers from overly prescriptive guidance to take advantage of private-sector practices."

Government Executive

Tag(s): budget, management, White House


With no Senate-confirmed appointees, who’s helping DeVos run the Education Department?
In the News

March 19, 2017

One of the main criticisms leveled at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her confirmation process was her lack of experience in education policy, and during her often-confrontational Senate hearing, she vowed to rely on department staff to help guide her in unfamiliar territory.

The 74


Why eliminating government agencies is a lot easier said than done
In the News

March 17, 2017

"On Monday, Trump signed the "Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," which calls for the director of the Office of Management and Budget to consult with agency heads and within a year develop a plan for improving government efficiency."

NPR

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


Trump falling far behind in nominating State officials
In the News

March 17, 2017

"As President Donald Trump proposes to slash nearly a third from the State Department's budget, the nation's diplomatic agency grapples with a more immediate problem: a lack of top officials. Not only have no deputies been confirmed to join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but they haven't even been nominated in the first place."

CNN

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


The shallow state
In the News

March 17, 2017

"President Donald Trump and his team are famously concerned with the notion that elements of the federal government are working to covertly resist him and thwart his agenda, with some supporters applying the loaded term "deep state" to this fear."

U.S. News

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


What government reform experts think of Trump’s plan to make ‘government work again’
In the News

March 16, 2017

"Most of the news about Trump's proposed budget focuses on the numbers part -- the steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and departments like Agriculture, Labor and State; the $54 billion increase in defense spending; the elimination of nearly 20 independent agencies. But tucked inside the 53-page document from the Office of Management and Budget is a brief two-page description of how the Trump administration intends to manage the federal bureaucracy, a nod to the agency's mandate of overseeing agency performance and things like human capital, procurement and information technology."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Why President Trump is struggling to staff his government
In the News

March 16, 2017

"When a nor'easter barreled toward Washington in mid-March, Donald Trump suggested to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she postpone her upcoming…"

Time Magazine

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


Trump’s government reorganization: hatchet job, or just major surgery?
In the News

March 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s habit of appointing people to run federal agencies who have a history of very public antipathy toward those same agencies has caused many good government advocates to throw up their hands in dismay.

The Fiscal Times


President Trump is running an empty government
In the News

March 14, 2017

"President Donald Trump's self-declared war on official Washington needs soldiers. Right now he doesn't have many of them. As the New York Times chronicles at length in a new report, the Trump administration is having the slowest transition in decades, far behind where his predecessors usually were seven weeks into the job. Trump has filled most of his Cabinet, but he has not nominated anyone for more than 500 other vital posts."

Vox

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


News tip: Trump not that far behind in filling posts, expert says
In the News

March 14, 2017

Compared to recent past presidents, President Donald Trump “is ahead of most in nominations to date but behind in Senate confirmations,” says a Duke professor who served through two presidential transitions.

Duke Today


Filling in the blanks at Trump’s Pentagon
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah. He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions."

The National Interest

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


Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump’s government
In the News

March 13, 2017

"President Trump has moved to fill just one of 46 key science and technology positions that help the government counter risks ranging from chemical and biological attacks to rising seas, a Washington Post analysis has found."

The Washington Post

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


Stop winging it, Mr. President
In the News

March 13, 2017

"Let’s be clear. Trump should nominate and seek confirmation of the vast majority of Senate-confirmed positions, including the top leadership, policy and managerial jobs in the departments and agencies as well as ambassadors. At the moment, the Cabinet secretaries are home alone and according to Office of Government Ethics data, Trump has few nominees for these important positions in the pipeline."

Politico Magazine

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


President Trump is running a ghost administration
In the News

March 13, 2017

President Trump has nominated only 42 of the 553 key leadership positions in his administration, and 18 of those 42 have been confirmed, mostly Cabinet secretaries, according to a tally of jobs requiring Senate confirmation by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

The Week


Trump's slim administration v. Obama's
In the News

March 13, 2017

The N.Y. Times takes a look at Trump's personnel crisis, which has left him months behind pace on his transition. So far 18 members of Trump's Cabinet have been approved, but there are still 500 other critical posts left to be filled, putting him far behind his predecessors.

Axios


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