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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


The making of a legacy: First steps in the Trump era
In the News

April 28, 2017

"President Trump has presided over an extraordinary first 100 days in office marked by the aggressive use of executive power and a freewheeling leadership style, shattering the norms of the presidency and the tranditions of Washington."

New York Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Pay attention to the man behind the curtain: Trump is no wizard of government
In the News

April 28, 2017

"As a candidate Donald Trump made numerous, grandiose promises. In his first 100 days, those campaign promises proved hard to fulfill."

CNBC

Tag(s): appointments, management, White House


So far, Trump is really struggling as a chief executive
In the News

April 27, 2017

"As President Trump’s administration reaches its 100-day mark, many will comment on whether his presidency has been successful legislatively. But comparatively few will examine how well Trump has handled an equally important presidential responsibility: managing the executive branch."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, 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."

MSNBC

Tag(s): Congress, management, White House


Trump at the 100-day mark: stable support but few achievements
In the News

April 26, 2017

"As his first 100 days in office draw to a close on Saturday, President Trump cannot claim many solid accomplishments, but does have one big one: He has held onto the support of the voters who put him in the White House."

LA Times

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


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


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


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


New OMB performance mgmt. guidance comes down too harshly on poor performers, experts say
In the News

April 14, 2017

"Human capital experts have long argued federal managers lack the tools they need to be good supervisors — leaders who empower their employees to perform at a high level, while recruiting and retaining new talent and eliminating those who can’t or refuse to meet their agency’s mission. The Office of Management and Budget’s recent government restructuring memo acknowledges those challenges and even sets agencies on a path to tackle some of them, but some experts say the emphasis on poor performers in the guidance is too strong."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Donald Trump’s long March problem
In the News

April 12, 2017

"A new president needs to staff his administration with people who will be loyal to him. Donald Trump's problem is that he does not have enough loyalists to staff the White House, much less the entire executive branch."

Washington Examiner

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


’If you’re a really good federal worker, you should welcome’ the reorganization plan, OMB says
In the News

April 12, 2017

"The Office of Management and Budget’s new memo on reorganizing and restructuring makes clear what President Donald Trump has long suggested — that his administration can run the government more efficiently and effectively with a smaller federal workforce. But OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said federal employees shouldn’t be depressed by the possibility of cuts. They should welcome the opportunity to create a more efficient and effective government — and get recognized for their good work, he said."

Federal News Radio

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


Give Budget Director Mick Mulvaney a beer and he’ll tell you a lot
In the News

April 12, 2017

"Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sat down with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times the other day, literally over a beer, to talk things over. Mulvaney wanted to clarify a few points about the White House’s plans for the budget. They talked for a while, but we picked a few major things — the hiring freeze, federal debt and infrastructure — and teased 'em out a bit: Lifting the federal hiring freeze"

Marketplace

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


Feds’ best places to work might not be so good for long
In the News

April 10, 2017

"The best places to work in the federal government won’t be very good very long if President Trump gets his budget. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) issued that warning in his opening statement to a House hearing last week. The Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee session was called to explore the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


Trump is crippling his own administration
In the News

April 10, 2017

"PRETTY SOON, the Trump administration may trot out 100 or 200 new appointees to high-level positions in the U.S. government that require Senate confirmation. We hope these appointees are at least well along in the pipeline. As it stands now, President Trump is falling behind the pace of his recent predecessors in filling jobs in vital areas such as public health, foreign policy and military affairs, among others. While every administration moves too slowly, a prolonged period of empty chairs could hamper crisis management and weaken U.S. policy over the long term."

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, management, White House


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