Publications

Makeup of Cabinet is creating more hurdles for Trump

January 3, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Develop Strong Leaders,Presidential Transition

President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is increasingly stocked with temporary stand-ins and Washington insiders with deep ties to the industries they regulate, complicating Trump’s ability to govern as he approaches the most perilous period of his presidency and opening up his advisers to conflict-of-interest investigations by resurgent Democrats.

Appointee abyss

November 15, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

APPOINTEE ABYSS: As the 115th Congress approaches its end, key executive-branch positions remain vacant or without permanent leadership at agencies that make employment and immigration policy. With members of Congress set to go home Dec. 14 (barring unforeseen developments), unconfirmed nominees risk having to start the nomination process all over again. Here’s a rundown of those...

Case studies highlight success of member-driven congressional oversight

November 8, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Re-establishing Congress’ strength as an independent, functioning branch of government is a goal easier said than done. Officials and experts alike struggle to propose rubber-hits-the-road solutions — ones that, on a short timeline, are both easy legislative lifts for members and make a material difference back home. 

Ending the nominations blockade

October 9, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Anyone seeking a mid-career sabbatical should seek a presidential nomination to a position that requires Senate confirmation. GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is teeing up more votes this week, and the GOP needs to move fast because the glacial pace of staffing the government will slow to near-zero if Democrats retake the Senate. 

Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

September 6, 2018

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Topic: Presidential Transition

Publication Tags: 2016,Agencies,Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Best Practice,Management

The guide for incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management (ASAM) is designed to support an ASAM lead effectively from their first day. It has been developed with input from current and former ASAMs and lists key actions a new ASAM can take to accelerate their impact during their first month on the job. It...