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

January 23, 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.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, transition management, White House


Donald Trump and a sea of empty desks
In the News

January 23, 2017

An incoming president is expected to fill about 4,000 positions. Nominees for more than 1,100 of them must be confirmed by the Senate. It is impossible for any president to fill all these positions by Day 1. But transition veterans recommend that a new president have a White House team assembled — 450 people who don’t require Senate confirmation — and have nominees for the top 100 positions that must be Senate-confirmed.

The New York Times

Tag(s): appointments, Center for Presidential Transition, 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


Trump Defense Nominee James Mattis Resigns From Theranos Board
In the News

January 05, 2017

The retired Marine Corps general President-elect Donald Trump has picked to lead the Defense Department resigned from the board of embattled Theranos Inc., people familiar with the matter said.

Wall Street Journal


A president without an administration
In the News

January 03, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump will take the reins of the federal government on January 20. How many people he will have by his side on that date is very much in question.

The Atlantic


Dan Foster: Successful presidential transition would be good holiday gift
In the News

December 30, 2016

Presidential transition is a term heard frequently these last few weeks. The concept is derived from the 220-year-old uniquely American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, even if political party affiliation is different. Peaceful doesn’t imply effective, so, no matter who your candidate was, in light of all the nation’s challenges, we should all be interested. 

Charleston Gazette-Mail


Contentious presidential transition could threaten national security
In the News

December 29, 2016

The continued discord between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration is setting the stage for one of the more contentious presidential transitions in recent memory, and may present the country with dire national security threats as a result. 

Federal Times


Trump nominates anti-deficit crusader Mulvaney to head OMB
In the News

December 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump announced Saturday the nomination of South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, an opponent of government spending who rode the 2010 tea party wave to Congress, for director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The three-term Republican congressman, a founding member of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus, met with Trump in New York earlier this month. He first tipped his hand publicly in a Facebook post on Oct. 19, when a follower asked Mulvaney his preferred position in a potential Trump administration.

Roll Call


Navigating the presidential transition
In the News

October 03, 2016

While the new president may not take office until Jan. 20, the work to prepare the new administration is already underway. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have transition teams in place to help select the people who will serve throughout the government.

Bloomberg Government


Trump, Clinton transition teams move into GSA
In the News

August 01, 2016

With political conventions behind them, the next White House administration moved its transition teams to Washington, D.C. this week to prepare for the transfer of power to the 45th President of the United States.

Whoever that is.

Federal Times

Tag(s): GSA


With political conventions over, presidential transition planning to hit full stride
In the News

August 01, 2016

With political convention balloons now dropped in both Cleveland and Philadelphia, the federal government on Monday begins in earnest to conduct what both parties hope will be a smooth presidential transition under the new law signed by President Obama in March.

Designated transition staffers from both the Clinton and Trump campaigns will move in on Aug. 1 to office space near the White House. 

Government Executive

Tag(s): GSA


Move in day: Presidential transition teams settle in D.C.
In the News

August 01, 2016

On August 1, the federal government will officially offer assistance to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s presidential transition teams. This support signals the importance of pre-election transition planning, and will help the two candidates prepare to govern and fulfill campaign promises if elected.

Bloomberg Government

Tag(s): appointments, GSA


Trump transition tests governing ability of outsider
In the News

July 29, 2016

His status as a presidential nominee barely a week old, Donald Trump is already tasked with assembling a complex transition team capable of hiring thousands of high-level government officials and crafting a detailed policy agenda should he win the presidency.

Its a herculean task that will test the limits of Trump in particular, a political outsider who, thus far, has struggled to attract experienced talent to his presidential campaign. 

Associated Press


Christie on Trump’s plan to fire feds faster and clean out Obama’s people
In the News

July 22, 2016

“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people.”

That was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) talking to the donor class in a closed-door meeting at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. Christie was both recalling the reality television career of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and projecting Trump’s attitude toward federal employees if he wins.

Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments


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