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Plans to streamline agencies, regulations likely to fall short
In the News

March 27, 2017

President Donald Trump has big plans to overhaul the federal government and cut regulations in short order, but right now he just doesn’t have the people to carry them out. “There is clearly room to better organize the federal government,” said Beth Cobert, former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration. “There is clearly room to think about regulatory streamlining.”

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump wants to overhaul an understaffed government desperate for leadership
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, the Trump administration will announce the launch of a new team within the White House dedicated to a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, using ideas from the private sector to improve the efficiency of the government’s operations. The Washington Post, which broke the story, reported the White House Office of American Innovation will be run by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president whose crowded portfolio also includes managing relations with China, negotiating Middle East peace, and more."

The Fiscal Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


“Why the government can’t compete with Silicon Valley”
In the News

March 24, 2017

"The federal government’s tech workforce skews older. As its IT employees retire, they could be hard to replace — it’s difficult for federal agencies to attract young tech workers. You can see the federal IT worker shortage playing out on your computer screen. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a tech think tank, analyzed almost 300 of the most popular federal websites, looking at security and speed, and whether they’re mobile friendly and accessible for the disabled."

Marketplace

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Overshadowed executive order sets stage for threatened federal programs, workforce. Layoffs loom.
In the News

March 20, 2017

Welcome to Trumpland — a place of endangered domestic programs and a threatened federal workforce. “Hard power” is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s description of President Trump’s proposed budget. Hardhearted is another.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump’s management priorities critical to policy rollouts
In the News

March 20, 2017

"While short on details, the outline of the management agenda included in the budget appears headed in the right direction, with proposals to make greater use of data for decision-making and program evaluation; holding agencies and managers accountable for performance; improving the cumbersome hiring process to better attract top talent; and streamlining the way the government buys goods and services."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Federal Workforce Snapshot: Social Security Administration
Tools and Templates

March 17, 2017

The federal workforce snapshots provide a visual look at agencies from across government. Each snapshot features charts and graphics on an agency’s workforce, customer service and the satisfaction and commitment of its employees.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointments, data


Trump falling far behind in nominating State officials
In the News

March 17, 2017

"As President Donald Trump proposes to slash nearly a third from the State Department's budget, the nation's diplomatic agency grapples with a more immediate problem: a lack of top officials. Not only have no deputies been confirmed to join Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but they haven't even been nominated in the first place."

CNN

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


The shallow state
In the News

March 17, 2017

"President Donald Trump and his team are famously concerned with the notion that elements of the federal government are working to covertly resist him and thwart his agenda, with some supporters applying the loaded term "deep state" to this fear."

U.S. News

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


What government reform experts think of Trump’s plan to make ‘government work again’
In the News

March 16, 2017

"Most of the news about Trump's proposed budget focuses on the numbers part -- the steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and departments like Agriculture, Labor and State; the $54 billion increase in defense spending; the elimination of nearly 20 independent agencies. But tucked inside the 53-page document from the Office of Management and Budget is a brief two-page description of how the Trump administration intends to manage the federal bureaucracy, a nod to the agency's mandate of overseeing agency performance and things like human capital, procurement and information technology."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Meet the hundreds of officials Trump has quietly installed across the government
In the News

March 08, 2017

"While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior."

Pro Publica

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


Why Reagan’s vaunted ‘starve the beast’ plan failed
In the News

March 07, 2017

"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan famously said: "Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem." He promised to "curb the size and influence of the federal establishment" and followed up with a federal hiring freeze and plans to abolish two behemoth agencies: the Energy and Education departments. President Trump has taken a page from the Reagan playbook on the federal workforce."

E&E News

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


Broken budget process costs taxpayers billions of dollars
In the News

March 02, 2017

"The stage is set for another difficult year, and, for every day of budget gridlock, the efficiency and effectiveness of government suffers. This is bad news for the American people, who deserve a government that spends their money wisely. But even in this dysfunctional environment, some common sense reforms can be adopted to improve congressional and agency performance and save taxpayers billions of dollars."

The Hill

Tag(s): agencies, budget, White House


Trump’s advisers push him to purge Obama appointees
In the News

March 02, 2017

"Advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to purge the government of former President Barack Obama's political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him, amid a cascade of damaging stories that have put his nascent administration in seemingly constant crisis-control mode."

Politico

Tag(s): agencies, appointments, White House


Trump’s budget plan brings uncertainty, layoff fears
In the News

March 01, 2017

"Leave it to Donald Trump to bring a cold front to Washington’s warm winter. His plan to cut $54 billion in domestic discretionary spending could make his hiring freeze look like a sunny day. Yet the president’s budget plans are so vague at this point, federal employees don’t know how to dress. They should prepare for the worst. Taxpayers too."

The Washington Post

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


Commerce secretary promises ‘special renaissance’ under Trump administration
In the News

March 01, 2017

"The Commerce Department faces some growing pains under President Donald Trump’s administration, including new challenges for the 2020 Census. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he anticipates a “special renaissance for the Department of Commerce” that includes making it the best place to work in the federal government."

Federal News Radio

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


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