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Tillerson’s ‘redesign’ for State looks a lot like a retreat
In the News

November 12, 2017

What is going on at the State Department? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has begun a “redesign” and has spent much of this year working on it. There is not an agency in government that could not benefit from a fresh look, but the importance of the State Department’s mission should not be in doubt.

The Washington Post


Floodgates open for Trump’s Pentagon nominees
In the News

November 09, 2017

Even as Sen. John McCain began his battle against brain cancer in July, the Arizona Republican and powerful chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee was quietly waging another kind of war.

Stars and Stripes


Law could trigger 'biblical changing of the guard'
In the News

November 09, 2017

A little-known law soon could restrict top acting officials across the federal government and possibly leave the Trump administration's coming environmental and energy policy decisions legally vulnerable.

E&E News


Seeking reinforcements, Zinke turns up heat on Senate
In the News

November 08, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is now putting more public pressure on the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm the department's nominees who appear stuck in limbo.

E&E News


The Energy 202: Some Trump environmental picks finally get their day in Congress. Others are still waiting.
In the News

November 08, 2017

The name Andrew Wheeler, a former policy staffer for Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) turned coal and nuclear lobbyist, came up back in March as a possible choice to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Washington Post


US 'loses 60% of career ambassadors' since January
In the News

November 08, 2017

The United States has lost 60% of its career ambassadors since January, according to the head of the labour union that represents US diplomats.

BBC


Democrats assail environmental nominees over climate change
In the News

November 08, 2017

A Senate hearing on nominees for two top environmental posts on Wednesday quickly turned testy over the Trump administration’s ambivalence on climate change science.

The New York Times


Inside Betsy DeVos’s efforts to shrink the Education Department
In the News

November 08, 2017

The seventh floor of the Education Department’s headquarters near the Mall used to bustle. Now, nearly a dozen offices sit empty and quiet.

The Washington Post


Clock ticking on officials in acting roles
In the News

November 07, 2017

For some feds in "acting" roles, the curtain is about to come down. The Trump administration is about to hit a deadline that covers officials acting in jobs that are supposed to be filled by political appointment. Under the Vacancies Act of 1998, officials in acting roles have a 210-day clock before their temporary terms are cut off. The act grants incoming administrations a 90-day extension, giving them 300 days from Inauguration Day before the first tranche of acting officials trigger the terms of the law.

Federal Computer Week


Vacancies vex leaders and lawmakers alike
In the News

November 07, 2017

Key Interior Department vacancies have lingered for an unusually long time, leaving Secretary Ryan Zinke's management team problematically short-handed.

E&E News


Time is running out on acting officials’ authority under Vacancies Act
In the News

November 07, 2017

Nov. 16 looms large for government leaders paying attention to the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The law stipulates that 300 days after a president is sworn in, officials who have been serving in an acting capacity since that time lose much of their authority.

Government Executive


Trump’s undiplomatic methods of diplomacy
In the News

November 07, 2017

“I’m the only one that matters.” When asked about the long list of unfilled positions at his State Department, that was Donald Trump’s blunt reply.

Channel 4 News


This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul
In the News

November 06, 2017

House Republicans are aiming to advance their tax reform legislation out of committee this week, as they race to pass it on the floor by Thanksgiving.

The Hill


Appointee Watch: Agriculture nominee withdraws, Fed Chair nominated, and more
In the News

November 03, 2017

The White House has had something of a busy week when it comes to the process of filling the top ranks of the federal government.

Government Executive


Trump on State Dept. vacancies: 'I'm the only one that matters'
In the News

November 03, 2017

President Trump sat down with Laura Ingraham Thursday night, and when the Fox News host pressed him on why there are still so many vacancies for top posts in the State Department, he seemed nonplussed. "Let me tell you, the one that matters is me," Trump said, per the Hill. "I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it that's what the policy is going to be."

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