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Agency Transition Guide
Research and Publications

August 22, 2017

Federal agencies face a cascading series of challenges before and after a presidential election and into the early months of a new administration. Throughout the transition, the Partnership for Public Service brought together agency transition leaders from nearly 40 agencies to help improve this process. From these convenings, the Partnership and The Boston Consulting Group have compiled best practices into a guide for senior career leaders.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, best practice, Center for Presidential Transition, management, policy, transition management


Another threat to Trump’s presidency: empty seats throughout his administration
In the News

May 21, 2017
"Getting the 2020 count right on a lower budget would be a huge headache for the top leadership of the Census Bureau. If, that is, the bureau had top leadership. The director of the Census Bureau, John Thompson, abruptly announced his resignation earlier this month, and the position of deputy secretary and chief operating officer has been left empty by the Trump administration. So, for that matter, has the position of under secretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, the appointee who oversees the Census Bureau. As of Friday, in fact, Secretary Wilbur Ross was the sole senior appointee in the entire department to have been confirmed."

The Fiscal Times

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


At a White House in crisis, Trump look increasingly isolated
In the News

May 20, 2017
"At the same time, Trump's failure to fill senior roles at federal agencies means he does not have a cadre of loyalists who can help rein in a bureaucracy that many in Trump’s orbit believe are out to leak information intended to damage the president. That has worsened the isolation of the White House in a city that relies on friends and allies to shake off a crisis."

Reuters

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


HUD boss Carson sings a new tune about federal workers as finalists are honored for their good works
In the News

May 10, 2017
"The bacon was still on the tables at a Capitol Hill breakfast honoring federal employees Tuesday when Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson admitted to a wake-up call. He had heard, he said, that government employees 'didn’t work very hard.'"

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees


2017 Sammies finalists, career feds impress new Cabinet secretaries
In the News

May 09, 2017
"Cabinet secretaries have learned a lot about their new colleagues during the first 100 days of the Trump administration."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, appointees


Federal employees honored for helping vets, others with innovations
In the News

May 09, 2017
"The finalists annoucement coincided with President Trump recently proclaiming May 7-13 Public Service Recognition Week. “Throughout the first 100 days, I have seen the tremendous work civil servants do to fulfill our duty to the American people,” Trump said in the proclamation."

Fox News

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


Tillerson tells State Dept. workers to embrace agency reorg
In the News

May 04, 2017

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walked department employees through his plans to reorganize the agency on Wednesday, echoing many of the Trump administration’s talking points about its larger goal of reducing the federal workforce."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


Appointee watch: The 100-Day Mark
In the News

May 02, 2017

"Since January, the administration has been slow to appoint people to high-level jobs at federal agencies. There are about 4,000 political appointee positions across the federal government, 1,100 of which require Senate confirmation."

Government Executive

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


Acosta confirmed as Labor Secretary
In the News

April 28, 2017

"The Senate April 27 confirmed Alexander Acosta as labor secretary, the latest chapter in what has been a slow process to name and confirm political appointees in the Trump administration."

Bloomberg BNA

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


As deadline nears few agencies have the regulatory czars Trump requested
In the News

April 26, 2017

"CNBC reached out to 20 government agencies to inquire about the status of the regulatory reform appointment and the progress of the corresponding task force. Just a handful of agencies responded with the names of their appointees."

CNBC

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, White House


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


A Guide for Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Leaders Preparing for the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
Tools and Templates

April 21, 2017

The Partnership for Public Service has developed a guidance checklist for Cabinet secretaries and agency leaders to prepare for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).

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Tag(s): agency landing teams, appointees, best practice, management


DeVos announces Education Departments hires
In the News

April 12, 2017

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced the names of personnel who will serve in key leadership positions at the Education Department, a move that comes after she spent the first two months of her tenure operating with a skeletal beachhead team."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, transition management


Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State
In the News

April 11, 2017

"President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's deputy, the White House announced Tuesday."

CNN

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, White House


Meet the Obama holdovers who survived Trump’s sweep
In the News

April 01, 2017

"Anytime there is a change in administrations, career government officials face a tricky transition. But that process has been particularly difficult under Mr. Trump, because of the insurgent nature of his campaign and his deep suspicion of the permanent bureaucracy."

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointees, management, White House


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