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How would Trump’s proposed cuts affect the census?
In the News

February 28, 2017

"As it stands, hundreds of presidentially appointed positions remain unfilled, including the Commerce deputy secretary slot. Trump's pick for deputy secretary, Todd Ricketts, reportedly may withdraw from consideration due to difficulties in divesting from his family's business ties. However, in a Feb. 28 interview with Fox and Friends, Trump said that "in many cases" he's not making appointments by design, in the name of "running a very good, efficient government.""

FCW

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


Trump slow to submit nominations for top administration posts
In the News

February 28, 2017

"President Donald Trump wants to overhaul the tax code, replace the national health-care system and roll back regulations on most major industries. He faces at least one immediate obstacle: There is no one there to help him do it."

The Wall Street Journal

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


How Trump can save almost $1 trillion in 10 easy steps
In the News

February 28, 2017

Donald Trump has a mandate to clean out the mess in Washington. Cutting waste is critical. This golden opportunity may fail, however, if the Trump administration starts a culture war by defunding EPA and other agencies popular with liberals, while leaving most waste untouched.

The Daily Beast


A note about Rumana Ahmed
In the News

February 28, 2017

On Monday, the Weekly Standard published an article by Lee Smith titled “Fake News, Exposed.” It alleged that Rumana Ahmed, a former National Security Council staffer and the author of an Atlantic essay about why she left the Trump administration, had misled readers about the nature of her position.

The Atlantic


Why Trump has made so few appointments
In the News

February 28, 2017

As president, Donald Trump has the opportunity and the obligation to name about 4,000 people to fill political appointee slots — and more than 1,000 of those jobs require Senate confirmation. So far, he’s filled only a tiny fraction of them. Of the 549 positions the Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post have identified as critical to a well-functioning administration, only 15 had been confirmed as of Monday. 

Government Executive


Trump’s Cabinet secretaries wait for White House to fill jobs
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As President Trump's Cabinet secretaries settle into their new offices across Washington, they could find their earliest efforts hampered by vacancies stretching several layers down the chain of command at each agency."

Washington Examiner

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


Faithfully executed: the technology begins the presidential inauguration
In the News

February 27, 2017

"As the transition team for President Donald Trump grapples with how to oversee the federal government, technology is primed to become an increasingly critical piece in the turnover. Digital tools — from virtual reality to spreadsheets to cyberintelligence reports — allow the incoming and outgoing teams to streamline their work, better serve constituents and enhance communication."

FedTech Magazine

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, Ready to Govern, transition management


Rex Tillerson is the opposite of Donald Trump. Will he have any sway?
In the News

February 25, 2017

"For the man who is the public face of US diplomacy, Tillerson keeps a remarkably low profile. Which has left staff at the State Department, and the journalists who cover it, wondering how he will fare against competing power centres in the White House, and how he will represent America to the world."

BBC News

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


Trump is bad at filing executive branch posts. That’s not entirely his fault.
In the News

February 24, 2017

"Five weeks into his presidency, only 14 of President Trump‘s executive-branch nominees have been confirmed to start working in government. As many have documented, his administration is off to a more skeletal beginning than Barack Obama‘s, George W. Bush‘s, and Bill Clinton‘s. Part of the thin staffing can be chalked up to more-laborious-than-usual confirmation processes:"

Washingtonian

Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical


The deafening silence in Foggy Bottom
In the News

February 23, 2017

"The State Department employs more than 70,000 people around the world, the vast bulk of them apolitical civil servants. In the weeks since President Donald Trump took office, some have gone. Perhaps of greater concern, fewer have come."

Politico Magazine

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


N.J. contributions to Trump transition slowed after Christie left
In the News

February 23, 2017

New Jersey contributors are well-represented in the early fundraising efforts of Trump for America, the non-profit created after Donald Trump locked up the Republican presidential nomination to help fund the transition. But contributions from the state appear to have fallen off sharply after Governor Christie was replaced on Nov. 11 as chairman of the transition team by Mike Pence, the Indiana governor and vice president-elect, according to an analysis by The Record of a report released Thursday showing the names of donors and the dates and amounts they gave, but not their addresses or occupations.

NorthJersey.com


Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring
In the News

February 22, 2017

The White House’s deep involvement in hiring decisions across the government is frustrating some of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet secretaries, spurring early tussles between the president’s advisers and leaders of federal agencies. White House officials have sometimes rejected candidates who have previously criticized the president — even if they boast sterling credentials or have the endorsement of top Republicans.

Politico


Is Donald Trump’s paranoia sabotaging his own cabinet?
In the News

February 22, 2017

Donald Trump’s propensity to surround himself with loyalists—and to exile dissenters from his inner circle—is reportedly making it difficult to staff an administration that has made enemies, at one time or another, of just about everyone in Washington. For agency directors who hoped Trump was serious about creating a “team of rivals,” the past several weeks have provided a rude awakening.

Vanity Fair


‘He’s going to be an enabler’
In the News

February 21, 2017

When Don McGahn first arrived at the Federal Election Commission in July 2008 as a shaggy-haired, guitar-playing campaign finance lawyer, his casual appearance masked his carefully crafted plans for the sleepy agency charged with regulating campaign finance. As a new commissioner, McGahn—now President Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer—quickly consolidated power.

Politico


Ted Kaufman: How the self-inflicted chaos inside Trump's administration came to be
In the News

February 21, 2017

There was every reason to believe the 2016 presidential transition would be the best in history, no matter who won the election. Full disclosure: I became something of a transition nerd back in 2008, when I was co-chair of the vice president transition team and, after the election, sat in on presidential transition meetings that reviewed major cabinet selections for the Obama-Biden administration and helped plan its legislative priorities.

Delaware Online


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