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Here are 5 urgent problems a new VA secretary would need to tackle
In the News

April 25, 2018

With White House physician Ronny L. Jackson’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs in serious doubt, here are five things that veterans advocates and experts say are the most urgent needs a new VA secretary must address to successfully run the $200 billion agency that serves 9 million.

The Washington Post


Jeff Sessions is serving, and doing his best to ignore, Trump
In the News

April 24, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — On an oven-hot day this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions strode into a hotel ballroom to preach Trump-era immigration gospel to cowboy-hatted sheriffs from 31 counties near the United States’ border with Mexico.

The New York Times


Stalling Trump’s picks? Sounds prudent, actually
In the News

April 24, 2018

On Monday morning, Donald Trump complained about Democratic delays in the confirmation of his executive branch and judicial nominees. On Monday night, it appeared that his nomination of Ronny Jackson for Secretary of Veteran's Affairs was potentially falling apart. You know what? Given the track record of Trump's nominees, Democratic foot-dragging on Trump's selections seems absolutely appropriate. 

Bloomberg


The hardest job in the world
In the News

April 23, 2018

Donald Trump often appears to be a president in rebellion against his office. A president, we have come to expect, hastens to the scene of a natural disaster to comfort the afflicted. After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, President Trump arrived tardily and behaved unseriously, tossing rolls of paper towels at storm-battered residents as if he were trying to drain three-point shots.

The Atlantic


GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees
In the News

April 20, 2018

Republicans are pushing forward with a proposal to speed up the Senate's consideration of President Trump's nominees.

The Hill


NASA’s Gibbs: Employee engagement needs honest conversations
In the News

April 19, 2018

When NASA Chief Human Capital Officer Bob Gibbs talks about why employee engagement has improved each of the past six years, he offers the typical platitudes.

Federal News Radio


Agencies must change their recruiting strategies
In the News

April 19, 2018

President Trump recently released a management agenda that calls for developing a 21st century federal workforce—one more closely aligned with agency missions and with the specialized skills needed to meet the evolving demands of the American public.

Government Executive


Trump blasts Senate Democrats for 'obstructing' nomination process
In the News

April 19, 2018

President Trump complained Thursday that Democrats were delaying approval of his nominations and discouraging “hopefully great” people from working in the government, as he pushed for the Senate to confirm secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo.

The Washington Examiner


IRS develops new information sharing model
In the News

April 19, 2018

Mallory Barg Bulman, VP of research & evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, details the IRS’s new way of delivering guidance to taxpayers, and how it will prevent misinformation from call centers.

Government Matters


FSIS shows how career service professionals run government
In the News

April 16, 2018

Except for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent threats to extend the Senate’s work week unless it picks up the pace on confirmations, the continued vacancies in top government positions do not get much attention.

Food Safety News


What awaits the next secretary of state?
In the News

April 16, 2018

If confirmed, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State and Rex Tillerson’s successor, would inherit a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. In light of Pompeo’s Senate confirmation hearing on April12, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and Federal News Radio gathered data on career civil servant departures, employee engagement levels, senior leadership and political appointments at the agency.

Federal News Radio


The White House loses its cybersecurity brain trust
In the News

April 16, 2018

Today, the White House confirmed that cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce will head back to the National Security Agency, where he previously ran the nation’s top hacking team. His departure comes just a week after Tom Bossert, Trump’s cybersecurity czar and Joyce’s boss, was forced out—and leaves the administration without two trusted voices on one of the most important challenges the US faces going forward.

Wired


Other agencies could learn from IRS customer service efforts, report says
In the News

April 16, 2018

The IRS’s customer service initiative–in the face of years of budgetary restrictions that have translated into reduced staffing–carries lessons that other federal agencies could apply, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service and Accenture Federal Services.

FEDWeek


If confirmed, Pompeo would inherit a State Department in a state of despair
In the News

April 14, 2018

Amidst the policy discussions of such grave issues as the North Korea threat, the Iran nuclear accord and the U.S. use of torture, Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo devoted significant attention to management challenges at Foggy Bottom.

Government Executive


Appointee watch: Former TSP chairman nominated to lead Social Security
In the News

April 13, 2018

President Trump has tapped a veteran of federal employee retirement programs to lead the nation’s retirement safety net.

Government Executive


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