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Trump’s administration is way behind in appointments
In the News

August 01, 2017

Partnership for Public Service, which in conjunction with The Post has been tracking the pace of executive branch nominations, came out with a report in anticipation of the first 200 days of the Trump administration. It creates an embarrassing portrait of sloth and ineptitude: “During this time, Trump has prioritized government reorganization, laid out a management framework and promised to bring private sector technology advances to federal agencies.

The Washington Post


Latest Tally on Agency Vacancies Not Flattering to Trump White House
In the News

July 31, 2017

The Trump administration has shown progress in accelerating the pace of nominations for key agency vacancies but still lags far behind the pace of recent presidential administrations, according to two nonprofits tracking Trump appointments. As President Trump approaches his 200th day in office (Aug. 7), he has nominated 255 people for the 1,100-plus positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to a tracker kept by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post.

Government Executive


Ryan Zinke, Trump's Cowboy Enforcer, Is Ready for His Closeup
In the News

July 30, 2017

It was almost parody, the way he rolled in, Ryan Zinke's six-foot-four frame hunched in the bucket seat of a black SUV. The tires sent up dust as they stopped, and out stepped the secretary of the interior, his gold "MONTANA" belt buckle glinting in the sun.

GQ


There are three branches of government, and two are in distress
In the News

July 28, 2017

There are three branches of government, and two of them are in serious distress. What once passed for governing and leadership has become a spectacle of disservice by people who call themselves public servants.

The Washington Post


Trump's Cabinet woes could cripple administration, ex-WH staffers say
In the News

July 28, 2017

President Donald Trump's public attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as reported infighting with other officials, will only cause problems as he continues to lag in staffing his administration, veterans of previous administrations say. Trump has spent a week publicly expressing frustration with Sessions in a series of interviews and tweets, calling him "beleaguered" and "very weak."

CNN


Mallory Barg Bulman: Key positions remain unfilled in Trump administration
In the News

July 26, 2017

Six months in and the Trump administration — 12.5 percent through its term — still has many appointed positions unfilled. Mallory Barg Bulman is vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service.

Federal News Radio


Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming From Inside the White House
In the News

July 24, 2017

On the morning after the election, November 9, 2016, the people who ran the U.S. Department of Energy turned up in their offices and waited. They had cleared 30 desks and freed up 30 parking spaces.

Vanity Fair


Trump is falling further behind on confirmations
In the News

July 20, 2017

After six months in office, President Trump remains behind on filling the government with political appointees to oversee core government functions and to implement his policy agenda. The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tracking the president’s progress on putting forward nominees who require Senate consent before assuming a role.

The Washington Post


Presidential lethargy, not Democratic obstinacy, is to blame
In the News

July 20, 2017

It is almost as if Republicans did not control both Congress and the White House. President Donald Trump has struggled to carry out one of his basic duties, which is to fill government posts.

The Economist


At the White House, Trump isn't a good CEO—or President
In the News

July 20, 2017

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is paying the price for a record-breaking number of unfilled positions within his administration. And, while there is some evidence to support his claims of Democratic obstructionism, it is Trump's initial decision to leave positions vacant that has backfired to set a historic slow pace from which he has yet to recover.

Newsweek


Trump nominees lose patience with lengthy vetting process
In the News

July 20, 2017

Candidates for top Trump administration jobs are increasingly frustrated by the high cost and huge time commitment required to meet the government’s ethics and conflict-of-interest rules, complicating White House efforts to fill hundreds of crucial posts.

Politico


Trump makes 3rd attempt to fill Army secretary post, 1 of many key Pentagon jobs still vacant
In the News

July 20, 2017

President Donald Trump will nominate Army veteran and Raytheon executive Mark Esper to become the Army’s top civilian, the White House said Wednesday as it works to fill three dozen key Pentagon posts still vacant six months into the new administration. The announcement came one day after Trump’s pick to serve as the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian was confirmed by the Senate.

Stars and Stripes


GOP frets over stalled agenda
In the News

July 19, 2017

Republicans are scrambling to piece their agenda back together after infighting undercut their latest attempt to repeal ObamaCare. GOP lawmakers have been beset by setback after setback — including a president who has repeatedly caught them flat-footed — since voters gave them Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade.

The Hill


Save the Census
In the News

July 17, 2017

An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here. Every decade since 1790, as required by the Constitution, the federal government has undertaken a painstaking census of its people, the accuracy and fairness of which serves the interests of both political parties and of every citizen.

New York Times


Summer cut short
In the News

July 17, 2017

Recently, we heard the words that every House and Senate staffer hope they never hear—August recess is being cut short. Why? In short, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

High Plains Journal


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