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“Jared Kushner, Trump adviser: administration can’t fill jobs, so Ivanka’s husband takes them all”
In the News

April 05, 2017

"Nearly three months into the Donald Trump presidency, nearly half the top jobs in the State Department remained vacant. The administration hasn't nominated a deputy secretary to serve under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, nor has it nominated a deputy secretary for the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor and the Interior. Of 553 key positions requiring senate confirmation, 486 of them do not yet have a nominee, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks political appointees."

International Business Times

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


‘It is a mess’—downsizing won’t be easy
In the News

April 05, 2017

"How you do lay off thousands of U.S. EPA employees? Slowly — and painfully. President Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year would slash EPA funding by 31 percent, or $2.6 billion, leading to 3,200 fewer jobs at the agency. Shrinking the EPA workforce by that much would require serious time and effort — identifying the makeup of every worker, consulting with outside agencies, negotiating with various unions."

E&E News

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump and May both need to avoid being at the mercy of events
In the News

March 30, 2017

"The problem, it seems, is that both May and Trump are relying on their past experiences to get them through in their current roles. This is understandable. Although she did not end up having to run against anybody for the leadership in the wake of Cameron's resignation, her very solidity and thorough mastery of her brief in her years at the Home Office made her attractive at a turbulent time in British politics. For Trump it was the very fact that he was a maverick businessman prepared to tear up the rules that so endeared him to those fed up with career politicians."

Forbes

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump White House ponders way forward as troubles mount
In the News

March 29, 2017

"While critics question the administration's focus, or lack of it, Trump officials said they are working on what he promised during last year's campaign. "All of these are important and have been priorities that the president laid out months ago," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that officials are meeting and talking about "the best path forward.""

Politico

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Trump has a new innovation office. It’s unclear what that means for 18F and USDS.
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House, which has provided sparse details, will work with chief executives from prominent tech businesses including Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, according to the Post. That new team will make policy recommendations and report directly to Trump on ways to “improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future and spur job creation,” according to a presidential memorandum issued late afternoon Monday."

NextGov

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


Jared Kushner will reportedly lead the White House Office of American Innovation
In the News

March 27, 2017

"On Monday, Donald Trump is expected to announce that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will oversee the creation of a new White House office that seeks to help the U.S. government run more like a business, in an effort to cut down on bureaucracy and make good on several key campaign promises. On Sunday night, The Washington Post first reported that Kushner would soon be tapped to lead the White House Office of American Innovation, whose goal is to streamline government bureaucracy through the application of business principles."

Teen Voguee

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


New White House innovation office to take on federal acquisition
In the News

March 27, 2017

"The White House is creating a new Office of American Innovation to take on one of the stickiest wickets in the government — procurement, and particularly the buying of technology. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump is naming Jared Kushner, the assistant to the President and his son-in-law, to lead the new office."

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


New White House innovation office to focus on tech, VA and more
In the News

March 27, 2017

"President Donald Trump is creating a White House Office of American Innovation that will initially focus on issues such as federal technology modernization, technology procurement and overhauling systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump formally launched the office within the White House via an executive order signed Monday. Jared Kushner — Trump’s assistant to the president and senior adviser — will head up the office, spokesman Sean Spicer said in Monday’s press briefing."

Fed Scoop

Tag(s): management, policy, White House


The Transition Partners’ Proposed Management Priorities
Research and Publications

March 05, 2017

Several government management organizations—the transition partners—came together to advance the common goal of ensuring a smooth, safe and effective presidential transition. The group has outlined several practices in each area that new leaders can adopt immediately to improve government performance and enable policy implementation.

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Tag(s): management, policy


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 27, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, policy, transition management


Is the Trump team ready to run the government?
In the News

January 19, 2017

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Donald Trump might sign four or five executive actions shortly after he's sworn in on Friday—but it’s unclear who will be available to carry them out.

New York Magazine

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, appointments, policy


Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives
External Resource

November 30, 2016

This e-book, published by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, is designed to assist political executives and career executives new to their position, navigate the current political environment and the world of Washington. Containing the “to-dos” necessary to “get it done” in Washington and discussions of important Washington stakeholder groups. 2017 edition

IBM Center for The Business of Government

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, policy


Memos to National Leaders
External Resource

November 15, 2016

The National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government published this set of 25 memos to national leaders focusing on five themes: managing government; strengthening policy leadership; managing across boundaries; sharpening the tools of government; and increasing capacity to manage complex policy Issues.

The National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and George Mason Universitys Schar School of Policy and Government

Tag(s): enterprise government, management, policy


GAO Presidential Transition Recommendations
External Resource

November 10, 2016

Web resources from the Government Accountabiltiy Office (GAO) highlighting the most important risks and management challenges confronting government and focused on assisting a new administration.

Government Accountability Office

Tag(s): laws and regulations, management, policy


The Center of Government: Using the Center of Government to Maximize Policy Execution
Tools and Templates

November 03, 2016

A report outlining the core principles and components of the Center of Government describing the entities and relationships a president has available to successfully implement policy and manage the government.

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Tag(s): management, policy, White House


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