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Temporary EPA chief could keep gig for years without Senate vote
In the News

July 16, 2018

President Donald Trump’s temporary replacement for embattled former EPA chief Scott Pruitt may not be so temporary after all.


“A terrible idea, for so many reasons”: civil servants react to Trump’s reform plans
In the News

July 13, 2018

The US president has set out a series of organisational changes, including the break-up of the Office of Personnel Management – the federal HR policy and services agency. Tamar Wilner hears concerns over the creeping politicisation of America’s professional civil service.

Global Government Forum

Official with for-profit ties to oversee postsecondary education
In the News

July 11, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has delegated the role of assistant secretary of postsecondary education to Diane Auer Jones, whom Democrats have been wary of because of her ties to for-profit colleges and universities.

Bloomberg Government

Is leadership churn limiting agency effectiveness?
In the News

July 11, 2018

Turnover in the Trump administration is at historic levels, which takes a toll on the ability of agencies to execute on their missions.

Federal Computer Week

Appointee watch: Movement at Consumer Bureau, more ambassadorial nominations
In the News

July 09, 2018

As all eyes have been on President Trump’s deliberations over filling the opening on the Supreme Court, the White House in recent weeks has announced the nominations of a number of key administration posts, including a new director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Government Executive

Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members
In the News

July 06, 2018

Scott Pruitt was known inside the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters for sipping $10 organic juice infused with kale, sporting Ferragamo shoes with his Hickey Freeman suits, and making biblical references in texts and conversations with aides.

The Washington Post

Trump heads to Big Sky country
In the News

July 05, 2018

The president will head to Great Falls, Mont., today to deliver remarks at his latest “Make America Great Again” rally. Expect him to discuss immigration and tax cuts, but ME will also be watching to see whether President Donald Trump touts his administration’s moves on public lands in the state, or talks up its coal industry.


The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land
In the News

July 03, 2018

The National Park Service does not have one. Neither does the Bureau of Land Management. Same goes for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The Washington Post

The White House is becoming a ghost town. Trump loyalists worry it's going to get worse.
In the News

June 29, 2018

The Trump White House could resemble a ghost town by the end of the summer — with an increasing number of open jobs, a still-broken process to fill them, and a lack of interest from experienced Republicans willing to join a turbulent administration.

BuzzFeed News

Trump tries to clean house
In the News

June 26, 2018

When newly sworn-in President Trump stood before the Mall in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, he promised renewal for a country battered and bruised from a divisive election, a country he promised could be made great once again.

Washington Examiner

Senate obstruction in profile
In the News

June 24, 2018

Key positions throughout the federal government remain vacant more than 500 days into Donald Trump’s Presidency. The President hasn’t put forward enough nominees, a mistake the media have focused on. Yet Senate Democrats—and the occasional Republican—have held up qualified nominees at a scale unprecedented in recent history.

The Wall Street Journal

Stephen K. Bannon has won
In the News

June 17, 2018

He was fired 10 months ago, but Stephen K. Bannon has won.

The Washington Post

Promoted six times and then fired: Inside a 24-year-old political appointee’s wild ride in Trump’s Washington
In the News

June 15, 2018

He was one of the fastest-rising political appointees of the Trump administration, an unpaid campaign intern with no professional experience who soared into a top job with a six-figure salary at the White House’s drug policy office. But on Jan. 14, in the hours after a front-page Washington Post story cast doubt on his ­résumé and qualifications, ­24-year-old Taylor Weyeneth was feeling vulnerable.

The Washington Post

Uncle Sam says ‘help wanted,’ but recent grads don’t bite
In the News

June 08, 2018

The federal government is experiencing a severe shortage of younger workers, which is causing problems now and may lead to more later.

Bloomberg BNA

Trump's failure to hire people is doing serious damage
In the News

June 07, 2018

The understaffing of his administration is going to have long-term consequences, experts warn—we just won't know what those consequences will be.


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