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What awaits the next secretary of state?
In the News

April 16, 2018

If confirmed, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State and Rex Tillerson’s successor, would inherit a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. In light of Pompeo’s Senate confirmation hearing on April12, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Federal News Radio gathered data on career civil servant departures, employee engagement levels, senior leadership and political appointments at the agency.

Federal News Radio


The White House loses its cybersecurity brain trust
In the News

April 16, 2018

Today, the White House confirmed that cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce will head back to the National Security Agency, where he previously ran the nation’s top hacking team. His departure comes just a week after Tom Bossert, Trump’s cybersecurity czar and Joyce’s boss, was forced out—and leaves the administration without two trusted voices on one of the most important challenges the US faces going forward.

Wired


Other agencies could learn from IRS customer service efforts, report says
In the News

April 16, 2018

The IRS’s customer service initiative–in the face of years of budgetary restrictions that have translated into reduced staffing–carries lessons that other federal agencies could apply, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture Federal Services.

FEDWeek


If confirmed, Pompeo would inherit a State Department in a state of despair
In the News

April 14, 2018

Amidst the policy discussions of such grave issues as the North Korea threat, the Iran nuclear accord and the U.S. use of torture, Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo devoted significant attention to management challenges at Foggy Bottom.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: Former TSP chairman nominated to lead Social Security
In the News

April 13, 2018

President Trump has tapped a veteran of federal employee retirement programs to lead the nation’s retirement safety net.

Government Executive


Mallory Barg Bulman: What’s in new IRS new strategy to boost tax filing compliance, answer public’s questions
In the News

April 12, 2018

Whatever other problems the IRS has had, in the past two years it has been able to boost the rate of voluntary taxpayer filing compliance. Understanding how it was able to do so will be important to dealing with next year’s filing period, when the agency and taxpayers will be dealing with a whole new set of tax laws. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights of a detailed analysis of the IRS strategy published April 12.

Federal News Radio


Republicans’ grand hypocrisy on partisan hiring
In the News

April 11, 2018

It seems like just yesterday that Republicans were assailing the FBI for pro-Hillary Clinton bias. You remember the infamous memo put out by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) accusing the FBI of anti-Trump bias, citing the exchanges between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump. On Fox News, in hearings and in public appearances, Republicans have ranted about allowing agents who favored Clinton in the election to work on the Russia investigation. Republican gadflies such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) went after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in December: “There are all kinds of people on Mueller’s team who are pro-Clinton,” Jordan said. “If he did [remove] everyone on the Mueller team who’s anti-Trump, I don’t think there’d be any guy left. There’s got to be something more here.”

The Washington Post


Senate ready to change the rules to speed up Trump nominees
In the News

April 11, 2018

Senate Republicans, frustrated by delaying tactics imposed by Democrats on President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, are on the verge of altering the Senate rules in order to speed up the process.

The Washington Examiner


Midterms could slow Labor nominee confirmations
In the News

April 10, 2018

The approaching midterm elections could impair Senate Republicans’ efforts to get several of President Donald Trump’s nominees, including labor candidates, confirmed quickly, political observers told Bloomberg Law.

Bloomberg Law


Trump says veterans wait too long for health care. VA’s 33,000 vacancies might have something to do with that.
In the News

April 10, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs, facing intense scrutiny amid reports of widespread dysfunction and a push by the Trump administration to outsource more medical care, has tens of thousands of full- and part-time vacancies nationwide, according to data compiled by veterans advocates, lawmakers and federal unions.

The Washington Post


The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's troubles have no easy remedy
In the News

April 09, 2018

Dozens of Democrats in Congress are demanding it. So are a handful of Republicans. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly apparently wants it, too.

The Washington Post


Senate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees
In the News

April 08, 2018

The Senate is barreling toward a showdown over President Trump’s latest Cabinet shuffle, with three critical departments looking for new leaders and more that could follow.

The Hill


Trump administration plans major overhaul of civil service system, but no specifics yet
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Trump administration has big plans to completely overhaul the civil service system, a herculean task that would affect 2 million federal employees, from hiring to firing (or a more amicable workplace separation).

The Washington Post


What do government HR professionals need to know? This clinic laid it out
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Health and Human Services Department recently hosted its first ever Human Resources (HR) Clinic at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The two-day HHS HR Clinic served as an opportunity for HR professionals to learn how to incorporate HHS priorities into daily HR functions; build relationships and network with other HR professionals; and discuss best practices.

GovLoop


VA’s interim leadership faces legitimacy questions
In the News

April 02, 2018

Did he quit or was he fired? That’s the central question regarding the departure of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The legitimacy of acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie serving in that position could turn on the answer.

Government Executive


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