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Appointee watch: several steps forward, one step back
In the News

April 25, 2017
"As President Trump continues to roll out nominations to key administration posts, he received a setback in the form of an appointee’s withdrawal. Todd Ricketts, who was chosen last November to serve as deputy secretary in the Commerce Department, removed himself from consideration due to difficulty disentangling himself from his business interests, the Chicago Sun Times reported last week."

Government Executive

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


Trump chief of staff blames Democrats for record-slow hiring pace
In the News

April 25, 2017
"With the media spotlight shining on President Trump’s first 100 days, the White House chief of staff on Sunday pointed a finger at Senate Democrats for what good government groups say is this administration’s record-setting slow pace in nominating people to the most vital agency jobs. In a testy exchange with moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reince Priebus was asked to explain why the White House personnel office has made only 45 key nominations, only 22 of which have been confirmed."

Government Executive

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Help wanted: Trump administration still has hundreds of jobs to fill
In the News

April 24, 2017

"Despite an ambitious agenda, the Trump administration is wrapping up its first 100 days with a long list of campaign promises to work on — and an even longer list of positions that remain empty. Nearly three months into Trump's term, two of his nominees, Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta and Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue, have yet to be confirmed. The delays are far longer than for any of the last six administrations."

CNBC

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Who’s running the government? Trump has yet to fill 85% of key executive branch positions
In the News

April 24, 2017

"Nearly 100 days into his term, President Donald Trump hasn't nominated anyone for 85% of key executive branch positions that require Senate confirmation. Of the 554 positions requiring confirmation, as of Saturday, 473 have no nominee, 35 have been announced but not formally nominated, 24 have been nominated, and just 22 have been confirmed thus far, according to a database put together by the Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service."

Business Insider

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Trump prepares executive order spree in dash to 100-day mark
In the News

April 24, 2017
"Before Saturday’s deadline, Trump plans to sign at least four executive orders -- including one aimed at easing regulations on offshore oil and gas exploration and another to protect whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a microscope for failing to provide adequate patient care."

Fox News

Tag(s): White House


USA TODAY roundtable: Advice for Trump? Take a deep breath
In the News

April 24, 2017
"USA TODAY's Capital Download convened a roundtable of White House veterans and scholars Monday to assess President Trump's first 100 days — a milestone he reaches Saturday — and to put his successes and setbacks in perspective. Below are excerpts from that conversation, moderated by Washington Bureau chief Susan Page. Participants were Sara Fagen, former White House political director for President George W. Bush; Ronald Klain, former chief of staff for vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden; Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service; and Nicole Hemmer, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. Comments have been edited for length and clarity. See the full discussion on USA TODAY's Facebook page."

USA Today

Tag(s): Partnership for Public Service, transition management, White House


White House loads thinly staffed agencies with policy deadlines
In the News

April 24, 2017
"Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has signed more than two dozen executive orders on issues ranging from border security to government restructuring and financial reform. But most of those executive orders have one commonality: They assign the heavy lifting to government agencies and set ambitious deadlines for them to report back."

CNBC

Tag(s): agencies, White House


Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump: comparing first 100 days of last six presidents
In the News

April 23, 2017

"The first 100 days have been rocky for other modern presidents, but none had as bumpy a ride as Donald Trump has encountered during his opening days in office. Here's a look back."

USA Today

Tag(s): Ready to Govern, White House, historical


Analysis: a bumpy 100 days for Trump? Just wait for the 1,361 to follow
In the News

April 23, 2017

"Think President Trump’s first 100 days were bumpy? Just wait for the 1,361 to follow. It’s no surprise that Trump, who has been shattering political precedent since he announced his candidacy and then won the White House, would continue to break new ground once he moved into the Oval Office — though not always in a good way."

USA Today

Tag(s): management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump team work ramps up but with bare-bones crew
In the News

April 21, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s team of top advisers is expected to remain bare bones after Congress returns, raising questions about the administration’s ability to achieve an ambitious overhaul of the U.S. tax code, reshape the budget, and change the regulatory landscape."

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


Todd Ricketss, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, ends bid for Commerce post
In the News

April 20, 2017

"Todd Ricketts, whom President Donald Trump tapped late last year to serve as deputy commerce secretary, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday after complications arose as he tried to divest his financial portfolio to avoid conflicts of interest."

The Wall Street Journal

Tag(s): appointments, vetting, White House


Despite rhetoric, Trump plan focuses more on staff cuts than good government
In the News

April 17, 2017

"When Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s plan to remake the federal government, the tough, right-wing small government advocate, sounded like a middle-of-the-road resident. “It’s not about big government, it’s not about small government,” the Office of Management and Budget director said, “it’s about good government.”

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Office of Management and Budget, White House


Trump learning to love Bush aides
In the News

April 17, 2017

"Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly declared that “the last thing we need is another Bush,” as he vowed to take on two political dynasties — the Bushes and the Clintons. But as president, Trump has been increasingly dipping into the talent pool from the George W. Bush administration that he regularly vilified during the campaign to now fill critical administration posts."

Politico

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


President Trump’s ‘substitute teacher’ problem
In the News

April 17, 2017

"The White House’s slow pace of hiring may hamper its dream of reorganizing—and shrinking—the federal government, says Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service."

The Atlantic

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Don Benton: the Trump ‘shadow’ adviser taking over the US draft system
In the News

April 15, 2017

"Former lawmaker, a member of the president’s ‘shadow cabinet’ spread across the government, was reassigned from the EPA after reportedly talking too much"

The Guardian

Tag(s): appointments, transition management, White House


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