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Bill would make it easier for citizens to give agencies a piece of their mind
In the News

May 12, 2017
"Federal employees lamenting the restrictive approval process that prevents them from seeking voluntary public assessments of agencies’ customer services may some have positive feedback to give following a new bipartisan bill."

Federal Times

Tag(s): Congress, White House

Trump expected announce judicial nominees today
In the News

May 08, 2017
"After the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump is expected to announce nominees to the federal bench on Monday, a White House official confirmed, in a move to fill nearly 130 federal court vacancies."

ABC News

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House

Trump has 99 problems, but Democratic obstruction isn’t one of them
In the News

April 26, 2017

"White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the other day and complained bitterly about congressional Democrats standing in the way of Donald Trump’s qualified nominees for administrative posts."


Tag(s): Congress, management, White House

Trump blasts obstructionism that exists only in his mind
In the News

April 13, 2017

"In late February, Donald Trump sat down with Fox News, which asked the president about the vacancies in key posts throughout his administration. Trump said the question was based on a faulty assumption."


Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House

“Why the “Trump” State Department still loves George Soros”
In the News

April 07, 2017

"The failure of the Trump administration thus far to staff up the executive branch is hurting the conservative policy agenda and thwarting the will of the voters. And six Republican senators who asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to probe whether foreign aid is promoting a progressive agenda around the world just got an abject lesson in how."

New York Post

Tag(s): agencies, Congress, White House

GOP senators push Trump to fill administration posts
In the News

April 06, 2017

"Republican senators are growing impatient with the White House’s slow pace in filling out the administration and are pushing President Trump to speed the nomination process, concerned that the dearth of Cabinet deputies could hamper the executive branch’s ability to function."

Real Clear Politics

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House

Republicans considering broader change to Senate rules
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Republicans are discussing making an additional change to the Senate’s rules to more quickly confirm President Trump’s nominees. The change is separate from an expected vote Thursday that would prevent Democrats from using a filibuster to block Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch."

The Hill

Tag(s): appointments, Congress, White House

‘The fear is real’ Congress could enact Trump-level budget cuts
In the News

April 03, 2017

"A majority of federal employees who took a Federal News Radio survey said they believe Congress will make good on President Donald Trump’s proposed civilian agency cuts for fiscal 2018. And while the looming threat of cuts has put a damper on workforce morale, most respondents plan to stay on-the-job at their federal outposts."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): budget, Congress, White House

The road to government reform is filled with landmines
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring federal agencies to identify duplicative and unnecessary programs and improve services holds the promise of helping bring our government into the 21st century. In many respects, we have institutions created for a different era. Our government provides exceptional services in some areas, but has not kept up with best-in-class private sector organizations in others. The moment is ripe for evaluating where we are and where we need to be in terms of the way government conducts business, manages taxpayer money and serves the needs of the American people."

Government Executive

Tag(s): Congress, management, White House

Seven questions heading into Trump’s address to congress
In the News

February 28, 2017

"With President Trump set to address a joint session of Congress around 9:00 pm ET tonight, we can state the obvious: His administration has gotten off to a slow start. Just 15 members of his cabinet and team have won Senate confirmation, compared with 29 for Barack Obama and 22 for George W. Bush at this same point in time, per data from the Partnership for Public Service."

NBC News

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

The United States Government Manual (2014)
External Resource

July 01, 2014

The official handbook of the federal government. This special edition of the Federal Register is currently updated to provide comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of the programs and activities of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The government manual also includes information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership and federal boards, commissions and committees.

Tag(s): agencies, Congress, White House

Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations
Tools and Templates

November 05, 2012

Report with recommendations for streamlining paperwork for executive nominations

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Tag(s): appointments, Congress, Office of Presidential Personnel

Max Stier’s testimony on Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs “Eliminating the Bottlenecks: Streamlining the Nominations Process”
External Resource

March 02, 2011

Max Stier tesifies on Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Tag(s): appointments, Congress

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