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Stephen Colbert finds new government for Donald Trump
In the News

March 11, 2018

There have been so many firings in Washington D.C. lately, that it’s starting to get comical. On the outside, it’s starting to seem like Donald Trump has forgotten that he is the president of the United States. At the rate he fires people, it more so appears that Trump is back hosting The Celebrity Apprentice like he used to.

Last Night On


Colbert heads to D.C. to fill out Trump's government
In the News

March 11, 2018

One common theme of news coverage during the first year of the Trump's administration is that many of the high-level positions in the government remain unfilled as the White House fails to get confirmed appointees or even nominate others. According to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service's latest tracker, over 260 positions for Senate-confirmed posts are still vacant and many more lower-level positions remain empty.

Government Executive


Trump lashes out at Democrats for obstructing administration nominations in the Senate
In the News

March 11, 2018

President Trump bashed Democrats Sunday for holding up the U.S. Senate confirmation process appointing key officials to his administration.

The Washington Examiner


Stephen Colbert tries to fill all the vacant federal government positions
In the News

March 10, 2018

Last night Stephen Colbert showed more from his recent trip to D.C., wherein the Late Show host attempted to fill all the vacant positions in the federal government.

Mediaite


Reading between the lines on agency mission statements
In the News

March 09, 2018

Earlier this week, an executive at the Housing and Urban Development Department reportedly sent a memo to senior political staff announcing a change in the 53-year-old agency’s mission statement—one of a half-dozen agencies or offices to change, or consider changes, to their stated core values since the start of the Trump administration.

Government Executive


Injured nuclear workers finally had support. The Trump administration has mothballed it.
In the News

March 09, 2018

An advisory board of scientists, doctors and worker advocates helped ensure that nuclear workers exposed to toxins received proper compensation. The terms of nearly all board members expired last month — and no new members have been appointed.

ProPublica


GAO: SSA chief has been 'acting' too long
In the News

March 09, 2018

For the first time, an acting senior official elevated under the Trump administration has been cited for holding down a political job longer than allowed under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

Federal Computer Week


Wanted: Public servants
In the News

March 09, 2018

Wanted: White House staffer. It includes long hours, a boss who might ridicule you on Twitter, give you a humiliating nickname and make you constantly worry about your job security. Pay is less than you'd make in the private sector – even lower when you subtract the amount you'll have to pay a lawyer, even if you did nothing illegal. The big payoff is notoriety – or a return to your old job in the private sector, assuming they'll have you.

U.S. News and World Report


Vacancies aren't unique to Trump. States struggle to fill top positions, too.
In the News

March 08, 2018

Almost 14 months into Donald Trump’s presidency, there are still more than 200 top positions that are vacant or filled with an interim director. Among the agencies lacking permanent leadership are the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Highway Administration and the Food Safety and Inspection Service. As tensions with North Korea rise, the fact that the administration has yet to nominate someone to be the next ambassador for South Korea has attracted much controversy.

Governing Magazine


Senate confirmations bring permanent leadership to OPM for first time in more than 2 years
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed Jeff Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, bringing permanent leadership to the agency for the first time in more than two years.

Federal News Radio


OPM gets a permanent director after nearly 3 years of acting leaders
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate confirmed by voice vote Wednesday night President Trump’s nomination of Jeff Pon to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, officially ending a months-long standoff over his nomination.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: HR leaders confirmed, while another official resigns
In the News

March 08, 2018

Leading the news in the world of presidential appointments this week is the Senate’s vote Wednesday to confirm Jeff Pon as director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Government Executive


Trump pick to lead federal HR office confirmed by Senate
In the News

March 08, 2018

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the government’s central HR office is now in place.

Bloomberg Government


Jeff Pon confirmed as OPM director
In the News

March 08, 2018

The Senate confirmed the president’s nominee to direct the Office of Personnel Management, Jeff Pon, by voice vote March 7, 2018.

Federal Times


A hollow administration?
In the News

March 08, 2018

After more than a year in office, the Trump administration is maintaining a very slow pace for filling top government jobs. The appointments tracker run by the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post shows that President Donald Trump is “months behind his predecessors in staffing up political leadership.”

Federal Computer Week


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