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Despite recent additions, Trump Cabinet still emptier than predecessors
In the News

February 09, 2017

If President Trump were to call a meeting of his Cabinet today, he wouldn't need a very big table. Or, he'd have to invite a bunch of Obama administration holdovers serving temporarily in acting roles.

NPR

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


The real-life consequences of the federal hiring freeze
In the News

February 09, 2017

Donald Trump’s late January order to halt government hiring has produced stress, anxiety, and confusion for current employees and those wishing to join them.

The Atlantic

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, management, White House


Why Donald Trump may end up hiring some of his critics
In the News

February 09, 2017

“It is a sign of the anxiety in foreign policy circles in Washington, DC that the possible elevation of one of its most controversial members is being lauded as a return to sanity. At the urging of Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, Donald Trump is understood to be considering hiring Elliott Abrams (pictured above), a neoconservative veteran of George W. Bush’s administration, for the vacant number two slot at the State Department.”

The Economist


Trump facing historic delays in confirmation push
In the News

February 08, 2017

Even as he signs executive orders at a furious pace and plans 'yuge' changes across the federal government, President Trump is dealing with a major disadvantage: His team is not in place.

Fox News Politics

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


Trump’s attacks on the media undermine his credibility
In the News

February 07, 2017

Trump's media attack undermines his credibility

 

Let's recount what happened Monday. First, the president of the United States, in front of U.S. military personnel, declared that the news media doesn't cover terrorist attacks. "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," President Trump said.

NBC News


The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government
In the News

February 06, 2017

The first 100 days will help set the stage for the Trump presidency. If the president is able to get his leadership team in place and effectively manage the federal government, he stands a far greater chance of implementing his policy agenda and providing effective services to the American people.

Bloomberg

Tag(s): appointments, Center for Presidential Transition, White House


President Trump's missing labor secretary
In the News

February 06, 2017

This week will mark two months since Donald Trump, then the president-elect, named Andrew Puzder as his choice to be secretary of labor. In the weeks since, most of the rest of Trump’s first batch of Cabinet nominees have, despite fits and starts and opposition from Democrats, advanced through the Senate confirmation process.

The Atlantic


The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government
In the News

February 06, 2017

President Donald Trump has a great deal to do in the next several months if he wants to deliver on his promises and effectively run the federal government. With 45 percent of Americans concerned that Trump cannot effectively manage the executive branch, according to a recent Gallup poll, the president should take a number of steps to ensure a smooth operation of the government.

Bloomberg Government


With Viola out, new service secretaries could take months
In the News

February 06, 2017

Even before President Trump’s nominee to lead the Army abruptly withdrew his name from consideration late Friday over business entanglements, it would have taken months before the Pentagon’s top jobs would be filled.  If history is a guide, the exit of Vincent Viola, founder of digital stock trading firm Virtu Financial and owner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, set back a process that would have already extended into April or beyond, insiders told Defense News.

Defense News


Job prospects for some UMD students are “in limbo” after Trump’s hiring freeze
In the News

February 06, 2017

Some University of Maryland students approaching graduation could be at risk of losing job and internship opportunities within the federal government because of President Trump's hiring freeze. The memorandum, enacted in late January, freezes hiring in the federal civilian workforce for 90 days, affecting jobs such as those in the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington.

The Diamondback


Sluggish pace of filling Trump’s Cabinet-level posts shows no sign of easing
In the News

February 04, 2017

President Trump’s administration has been simultaneously splashy and slow to take shape, hindered by its own rocky transition and congressional Democratic opposition that shows no sign of easing. Six nominees for Cabinet-level positions have been confirmed by the Senate.

The Seattle Times


The first 100 days: Steps to effectively run the federal government
In the News

February 04, 2017

President Donald Trump has a great deal to do in the next several months if he wants to deliver on his promises and effectively run the federal government. With 45 percent of Americans concerned that Trump cannot effectively manage the executive branch, according to a recent Gallup poll, the president should take a number of steps to ensure a smooth operation of the government:

Bloomberg Government


Trump's illusion of unusual action
In the News

February 03, 2017

Everyone seems to agree that, for better or worse, Donald Trump's presidency is off to a fast start. But it's not. Trump has done an excellent job of kicking up a ton of dirt. But two weeks in, there's a lot less than may seem.

Bloomberg

Tag(s): Center for Presidential Transition, transition management, White House


Trump missing top lieutenants across federal government
In the News

February 03, 2017

President Donald Trump has so far failed to nominate deputies and other top officials to run the day-to-day operations at most federal agencies, creating a vacuum across the government that has businesses, lobbyists and lawmakers in limbo as they wait to see how Trump’s agenda will be carried out.

Politico

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, Center for Presidential Transition


Don’t despair over Trump policies, civic tech leader says
In the News

February 03, 2017

Despite any feelings of uncertainty or despair stemming from changes at the White House, innovators should not abandon the cause of improved service delivery for citizens, Code for America founder and executive director Jennifer Pahlka said. Speaking at an event hosted by Reinvent in San Francisco on Jan. 19, Pahlka urged an audience of civic technologists and policy makers not to withdraw from their work, noting the progress made in recent years.

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