Publications

No matter the upcoming election outcome, time to start preparing for presidential transition

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

41% of top Trump officials appointed in his first year have left

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

Senate throws hundreds of Trump nominees into limbo

January 4, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

The Senate has sent hundreds of nominations back to the White House, throwing their fate into limbo. 

Makeup of Cabinet is creating more hurdles for Trump

January 3, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

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.

A Love-hate relationship

December 3, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

To say that federal workers were unenthusiastic about President Donald Trump on the day of his election, 25 months ago, would be an understatement.

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.