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Brutal confirmation process threatens to turn off would-be Trump picks
In the News

May 04, 2018

The increasingly nasty and protracted confirmation process in Washington is creating new headaches for the Trump administration as it tries to fill vacancies for critical government jobs. 

Fox News


Donald Trump's NRA speech, fact-checked
In the News

May 04, 2018

After a week of news about Stormy Daniels, President Donald Trump headed to Dallas to speak to members of the National Rifle Association.

PolitiFact


Appointee watch: Secretary of State confirmed, as CIA Director hearing looms
In the News

May 04, 2018

Last week, the Senate voted to confirm the nominees to two key Trump administration posts: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

Government Executive


Reversing the fed IT brain drain
In the News

May 03, 2018

In the first nine months of 2017, 79,637 Federal employees either quit or retired, Politico reported. Compare that number to 56,036 who left the government during the first nine months of the previous administration in 2009 and that’s almost a 50 percent spike.

MeriTalk


Pompeo interviewing candidates for State vacancies
In the News

May 03, 2018

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun interviewing candidates to fill a slew of vacant posts at the department as he seeks to make good on a pledge to build up the agency's workforce, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The Hill


The Obama-era holdover still hanging onto her office
In the News

May 03, 2018

The last Obama-era holdover on the Federal Trade Commission is declining to step down — even after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to replace her.

Politico


Changing nature of federal work highlighted
In the News

May 02, 2018

A good government group has highlighted the changing nature of federal government work, with the share of professional and administrative employees increasing by about 11 percentage points to just under 70 percent since 1998, with offsetting decreases mainly in clerical, blue-collar and technical jobs.

FEDWeek


Key Obama climate orders still on the books
In the News

May 02, 2018

President Trump appears to relish signing documents that unravel his predecessor's work.

E&E News


New Secretary of State vows to ‘listen’ and ‘learn’ from staff
In the News

May 02, 2018

Even before Mike Pompeo’s official swearing-in by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the new Secretary of State made the diplomatic rounds in Europe and the Middle East. But this week checked off another box when he visited the Department of State’s D.C. headquarters.

Federal News Radio


White House faces lawsuit alleging temporary VA leader is serving unlawfully
In the News

April 30, 2018

The Trump administration is facing even more potential disruption with leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department, with two groups suing over the validity of the department's temporary leader just days after the president's nominee to serve as permanent secretary withdrew his name from consideration.

Government Executive


The federal agency that oversees campaign finance laws is on the brink of shutting down
In the News

April 30, 2018

Anniversaries are often festive. Not today at the Federal Election Commission. As of April 30, the FEC’s current four commissioners have been on the commission for a total of 32 years longer than they should have been.

TIME


Five challenges for Pompeo at the State Department
In the News

April 29, 2018

Almost immediately after he was sworn in as secretary of State, Mike Pompeo jetted off to Brussels to deliver an urgent message to NATO allies: President Trump is prepared to pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal, "absent a substantial fix."

The Hill


The cost of Donald Trump’s deserted government
In the News

April 27, 2018

Job vacancies are fast becoming a singular threat to President Donald Trump’s administration, with a record number of openings that stretch from low-level appointments to the secretary’s office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Politico


What does automation and AI mean for the future of OPM?
In the News

April 26, 2018

The President’s Management Agenda intertwines agencies and initiatives governmentwide in a strategy to overhaul federal IT, data management and workforce infrastructures. But few agencies have the potential to feel that impact like the Office of Personnel Management.

FedScoop


Analysis: Too many Trump appointments made without vetting
In the News

April 25, 2018

The embattled nomination of Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, is the latest example one of the president’s most persistent problems: The people he trusts to run his administration are the very ones who have ground it to a controversy-plagued halt.

Boston Herald


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