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Lawmakers on both sides of aisle ramp up pressure for permanent SSA leader
In the News

March 07, 2018

The official who has been acting Social Security commissioner since the second day of the Trump administration is now serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Tuesday.

Government Executive


Congress: Lack of leadership put SSA on ‘autopilot’ for too long
In the News

March 07, 2018

The Social Security Administration for the past five years has been lead by a series of acting commissioners. Lawmakers and stakeholders agree that it’s past time for the president to appoint someone for the position in order to cut down on claims backlogs and other performance challenges.

Federal News Radio


How we compiled Trump Town
In the News

March 07, 2018

Much like previous administrations, President Donald Trump’s team has filled hundreds of appointed positions with allies who can be trusted to carry out their agenda. These appointees include campaign staff, old policy hands at conservative think tanks and former lobbyists who worked on the issues their new agencies cover.

ProPublica


How the spoils were doled out to Trump campaign workers and allies
In the News

March 07, 2018

One appointee went from “battleground states” director for the Trump presidential campaign to a role at the State Department that sent him to South Africa to meet with health officials.

The New York Times


Trump’s just not filling jobs in his administration
In the News

March 06, 2018

The huge bureaucracy of the U.S. government relies on scads of political appointees to implement policies across all the various agencies. When a new administration takes power, the president is responsible for appointing more than 4,000 government officials, and the Constitution requires Senate approval for 1,212 of these positions.

Vice


How can agencies focus on the workforce during reorgs?
In the News

March 06, 2018

The nation's top human resources officer said that even agencies planning for lower budgets and reduced headcount can't skimp on employee engagement.

Federal Computer Week


Trump defends West Wing turnover: ‘I like conflict’
In the News

March 06, 2018

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Tuesday described West Wing conflict as beneficial to his decision-making process and said “everybody” wants to work on his staff, dismissing suggestions the administration was in turmoil after the departure of several senior aides in recent months.

The Wall Street Journal


Trump on White House chaos: 'I like conflict'
In the News

March 06, 2018

WASHINGTON — Amid unusually high staff turnover, confusion over major policies, and unexpected salvos from the tweeter-in-chief, President Trump on Tuesday portrayed the White House as a dream place to work but admitted: “I like conflict.”

Yahoo


Government’s customer experience comeback
In the News

March 05, 2018

With the release of the fiscal 2019 budget proposal on Feb. 12, the White House sent a strong signal that improving customer interactions with government will be a major management priority.

Government Executive


'Where is everybody?' senators ask of missing Trump picks
In the News

March 05, 2018

A slew of high-profile vacancies that continue to plague energy and environmental agencies more than a year after President Trump took office are sowing confusion on Capitol Hill and slowing federal actions.

E&E News


How agencies can effectively implement artificial intelligence
In the News

March 05, 2018

As the public sector adopts new technologies to improve operations and service delivery, artificial intelligence and machine learning offer agencies new potential for improving interaction with citizens and making better decisions. But implementing AI well requires a focus on sound technology management and attention to critical details.

NextGov


Fed Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times
In the News

March 01, 2018

Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch. Yet leaders are still expected to have the answers and provide stability.

The Washington Post


Jared Kushner flames out
In the News

March 01, 2018

Bad advice, shady deals and incompetence define the presidential son-in-law’s tenure at the White House.

The New York Times


Zinke marks Year One with nominee backlog
In the News

March 01, 2018

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Today marks one year with Ryan Zinke at the helm of Interior — and the department he heads is still largely lacking in its build-out, according to the secretary and at least one senator who has been keeping close eye. When the former Montana lawmaker was confirmed a year ago, he pledged to uphold the values of President Theodore Roosevelt and protect public lands. In the time since, Zinke has shrunk national monuments and come under heavy scrutiny for his travel and meetings with big donors. And he's faced considerable blowback from states of late over Interior’s controversial expanded offshore drilling proposal.

POLITICO


Tim McManus: Federal workforce in need of young, fresh cyber talent
In the News

February 28, 2018

Like its predecessors, the Trump administration has been emphasizing cybersecurity and protecting federal systems. That takes talent. Because of how fast things change, the government needs young talent and that’s a perennial challenge. Tim McManus, chief operating officer of the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the growing need and recruitment techniques.

Federal News Radio


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