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The Trump administration struggles to bring down its own unemployment rate
In the News

June 08, 2017
There are lots of reasons people go to work in the White House: Serve their country. Be a witness to history. Change the world. Whatever the reason, ending up in front of a grand jury or testifying before Congress is not on the list.

Marketplace


Does Trump's unpredictability undermine his staff?
In the News

June 08, 2017
James Comey's opening statement reads like the test answer you're supposed to give at the end of the Human Resources training video. When your superior makes you uncomfortable should you a) explain your boundaries b) discuss the issue with your direct report c) make contemporaneous notes to lock in your recollection or d) all of the above.

CBS News


President Trump granted lawyers, lobbyists ethics waivers to work for him
In the News

June 07, 2017
Trump administration officials granted ethics waivers that allow nearly a dozen staffers sprinkled throughout government agencies to work on issues that could affect their former clients and employers, according to documents released Wednesday by the government’s top ethics watchdog.

USA Today


Trump is crippling his agenda by leaving top jobs unfilled
In the News

June 07, 2017
So far, he's nominated only 111 of them. No president in modern history has fallen so far behind in naming heads of agencies, assistant secretaries, ambassadors and other critical leadership roles that require Senate approval.

CNN Money


Executive branch vacancies jeopardize Trump's planned reforms
In the News

June 07, 2017
For many senior government officials, June 30 is D-Day. That’s when the Trump White House wants leaders at every agency to submit proposals to “maximize employee performance” as spelled out in an April memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB’s guidance aims to make good on President Trump’s March 13 executive order on a comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch.”

Government Executive


Connolly: Lack of Trump appointees could stall IT modernization
In the News

June 07, 2017
For all of the bipartisan goodwill that modernizing the government’s information technology has garnered, there’s one thing that Gerry Connolly thinks can bring it to a halt: the executive branch.

Federal Times


Under Trump, regulation slows to a crawl
In the News

June 07, 2017
Before he took office, Donald Trump promised to roll back the reach of the federal government, saying that he would end the "regulation industry" on the first day of his presidency. The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump's inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt.

POLITICO


Podcast: What happens when empty desks run the government
In the News

June 07, 2017
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats June 5 for “taking forever” to approve his administration’s appointees in a tweet, saying that “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS!”

Bloomberg BNA


“Above average” hurricane season starts without anyone running FEMA
In the News

June 06, 2017
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season started Thursday without anyone to run the two most important agencies in charge of protecting the U.S. from the violent weather.

VICE


Trump has filled just 15 percent of the government’s top science jobs
In the News

June 06, 2017
Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change.

The Washington Post


Trump is far, far behind on nominations for key posts
In the News

June 06, 2017
President Trump whines that the Senate has been slow in confirming his nominees. The statistics tell a different, jaw-dropping tale.

The Washington Post


How Trump is stalling his own nominees
In the News

June 06, 2017
President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats for allegedly stalling his appointments and agenda, but it’s his own administration that is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for nominees. Trump tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30 to lead Customs and Border Protection, a critical position for his drive to revamp U.S. immigration policy.

POLITICO


Four 'preferred nominees' for top US Air Force jobs have been found, its civilian head says
In the News

June 06, 2017
The Air Force has seven politically appointed leaders that must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Only one — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson — is in office, but more could be on the way soon, Wilson said Tuesday.

Defense News


Acting U.S. ambassador in China quits over climate deal withdrawal
In the News

June 06, 2017
The acting U.S. ambassador in China has resigned after saying he could not support President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. State Department officials confirmed Tuesday that David Rank, a highly-regarded diplomat with nearly three decades of service at the State Department, had resigned his post in what they described as a "personal" decision.

Los Angeles Times


President Trump wants congress to confirm his nominees. He should appoint more
In the News

June 05, 2017
The tweet seemed straightforward enough. President Trump, in the wake of an apparent terror attack on London, opened his Twitter app and sent out one of his signature screeds. He blamed Democrats for the lack of Ambassadors—such as the one in London—to represent Washington during times of crisis.

TIME


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