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Key Obama climate orders still on the books
In the News

May 02, 2018

President Trump appears to relish signing documents that unravel his predecessor's work.

E&E News


New Secretary of State vows to ‘listen’ and ‘learn’ from staff
In the News

May 02, 2018

Even before Mike Pompeo’s official swearing-in by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the new Secretary of State made the diplomatic rounds in Europe and the Middle East. But this week checked off another box when he visited the Department of State’s D.C. headquarters.

Federal News Radio


White House faces lawsuit alleging temporary VA leader is serving unlawfully
In the News

April 30, 2018

The Trump administration is facing even more potential disruption with leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department, with two groups suing over the validity of the department's temporary leader just days after the president's nominee to serve as permanent secretary withdrew his name from consideration.

Government Executive


The federal agency that oversees campaign finance laws is on the brink of shutting down
In the News

April 30, 2018

Anniversaries are often festive. Not today at the Federal Election Commission. As of April 30, the FEC’s current four commissioners have been on the commission for a total of 32 years longer than they should have been.

TIME


Five challenges for Pompeo at the State Department
In the News

April 29, 2018

Almost immediately after he was sworn in as secretary of State, Mike Pompeo jetted off to Brussels to deliver an urgent message to NATO allies: President Trump is prepared to pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal, "absent a substantial fix."

The Hill


The cost of Donald Trump’s deserted government
In the News

April 27, 2018

Job vacancies are fast becoming a singular threat to President Donald Trump’s administration, with a record number of openings that stretch from low-level appointments to the secretary’s office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Politico


What does automation and AI mean for the future of OPM?
In the News

April 26, 2018

The President’s Management Agenda intertwines agencies and initiatives governmentwide in a strategy to overhaul federal IT, data management and workforce infrastructures. But few agencies have the potential to feel that impact like the Office of Personnel Management.

FedScoop


Analysis: Too many Trump appointments made without vetting
In the News

April 25, 2018

The embattled nomination of Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, is the latest example one of the president’s most persistent problems: The people he trusts to run his administration are the very ones who have ground it to a controversy-plagued halt.

Boston Herald


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


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