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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 View


Trump to bureaucrats: You’re not hired
In the News

February 02, 2017

Last week, following through on a campaign promise, President Trump announced a hiring freeze on federal civilian workers — “across the board.” The freeze, said Trump’s surrogate embellisher, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “ensures the American taxpayers get effective and efficient government.”

National Review


Still-vacant appointments threaten implementation of Trump agenda
In the News

January 30, 2017

During his first week in office, President Donald Trump upended U.S. trade policy, directed officials to begin making plans to build a wall on the southern border and ordered an investigation into vote fraud, all with the stroke of a pen. But experts warn the flurry of activity from the Oval Office could slow to a grind when it comes to the implementation of many of those plans if Trump doesn't pick up the pace in selecting nominees for hundreds of appointed posts that fill out the executive branch.”

NBC News


How the hiring freeze could impact the federal IT and cybersecurity workforce
In the News

January 30, 2017

One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to sign an executive order implementing an across-the-board hiring freeze in federal government. The specific details of that freeze and its immediate impacts on IT are still being worked out — particularly whether any of those positions might be granted exemptions for national security and public safety purposes.

FedScoop


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 27, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, policy, transition management


Trump’s fevered executive orders leave Capitol Hill in chaos
In the News

January 26, 2017

Donald Trump has approached the presidency with the same impulsivity that defined his tumultuous campaign, using his first five days in the Oval Office to issue a slew of executive actions at a breakneck pace that has left government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to keep up, and policy experts to wonder if some of Trump’s actions are even legal. While President Barack Obama’s administration adopted a meticulous, weeks-long approach to drafting and issuing executive orders—thoroughly vetting any actions with affected agencies, lawmakers, and legal experts—the nascent Trump administration has been churning out initiatives at full tilt and, largely, without proper review

Vanity Fair


6 leadership priorities for Trump’s first 100 days
In the News

January 25, 2017

The Trump administration should take certain critical steps to prioritize government management in the first 100 days, according to suggestions by the Partnership for Public Service. Stressing the importance of having well-qualified, well-prepared teams vetted and confirmed by the Senate to address critical domestic, economic and national security challenges, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is offering up six recommendations as the top departmental and agency leaders are chosen.

Federal Times


CIO transition shakeup: The new (and old) faces under Donald Trump
In the News

January 25, 2017

“President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and some other top positions are filling up, but not many of the federal government’s top IT leaders have been selected yet. Career officials had to step into those roles until new leaders are appointed. Some chief information officers were politically appointed, and many of those left on or before Inauguration Day.”

FedScoop


Government bites back: Civil servants troll Trump, leak info
In the News

January 25, 2017

Across the government, an unprecedented digital insurrection is taking shape. President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign bashing the federal government, a system he described as awash in “waste fraud and abuse.” Now, the bureaucracy is biting back. In response to Trump’s hiring freeze for federal agencies and a communications blackout, some official social media accounts have tweeted out messages decidedly at odds with his agenda and leaks are flowing into newsrooms from across the federal government.

PBS Newshour


Trump assembles a shadow Cabinet
In the News

January 24, 2017

The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration's Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy. The aides chosen by the White House — given the title of senior adviser in each agency — have already been responsible for hiring at some departments and crafting the blueprint of Trump policy before the Cabinet members win Senate confirmation to take office.

Politico


No, the Trump transition is not far behind that of previous presidents
In the News

January 24, 2017

The Trump transition team—the first to operate under the 2015 Presidential Transition Improvements Act—assembled an array of numbers to showcase what it terms its rapid and efficient pace.

Government Executive


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.

The Washington Post

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


Donald Trump and a sea of empty desks
In the News

January 23, 2017

An incoming president is expected to fill about 4,000 positions. Nominees for more than 1,100 of them must be confirmed by the Senate. It is impossible for any president to fill all these positions by Day 1. But transition veterans recommend that a new president have a White House team assembled — 450 people who don’t require Senate confirmation — and have nominees for the top 100 positions that must be Senate-confirmed.

The New York Times

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


Revenge of the bureaucrats
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Donald Trump is setting himself up for a messy clash with the country’s 2.1 million federal employees as his administration quietly preps plans to cut the size of the government workforce. As one of his first acts Monday, Trump signed an executive order freezing most federal hiring.

Politico


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