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Trump says veterans wait too long for health care. VA’s 33,000 vacancies might have something to do with that.
In the News

April 10, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs, facing intense scrutiny amid reports of widespread dysfunction and a push by the Trump administration to outsource more medical care, has tens of thousands of full- and part-time vacancies nationwide, according to data compiled by veterans advocates, lawmakers and federal unions.

The Washington Post


The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's troubles have no easy remedy
In the News

April 09, 2018

Dozens of Democrats in Congress are demanding it. So are a handful of Republicans. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly apparently wants it, too.

The Washington Post


Senate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees
In the News

April 08, 2018

The Senate is barreling toward a showdown over President Trump’s latest Cabinet shuffle, with three critical departments looking for new leaders and more that could follow.

The Hill


Trump administration plans major overhaul of civil service system, but no specifics yet
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Trump administration has big plans to completely overhaul the civil service system, a herculean task that would affect 2 million federal employees, from hiring to firing (or a more amicable workplace separation).

The Washington Post


What do government HR professionals need to know? This clinic laid it out
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Health and Human Services Department recently hosted its first ever Human Resources (HR) Clinic at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The two-day HHS HR Clinic served as an opportunity for HR professionals to learn how to incorporate HHS priorities into daily HR functions; build relationships and network with other HR professionals; and discuss best practices.

GovLoop


VA’s interim leadership faces legitimacy questions
In the News

April 02, 2018

Did he quit or was he fired? That’s the central question regarding the departure of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The legitimacy of acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie serving in that position could turn on the answer.

Government Executive


New report helps explain Trump World’s many vetting failures
In the News

April 02, 2018

There are 652 key positions in the executive branch that require Senate confirmation, and as of this morning, Donald Trump’s White House hasn’t nominated anyone for one-third of those posts. Making matters slightly worse, when the president does choose people for vacancies, it often seems as if the White House hasn’t made any serious attempt at vetting these nominees before they reach Capitol Hill for consideration.

MSNBC


Trump blames 'disgraceful' Democrats for stonewalling confirmation of administration officials
In the News

April 02, 2018

President Trump slammed "disgraceful" Democratic senators on Monday for holding up the confirmation of key officials to his administration.

The Washington Examiner


Shulkin says he did not leave office willingly, setting up fight over his successor
In the News

April 01, 2018

Former veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin said Sunday that he did not voluntarily leave his office, clashing with the White House’s description of his exit and adding to questions about who will run the department until a new secretary is confirmed.

The Washington Post


Hired and fired: The unprecedented turnover of the Trump administration
In the News

March 31, 2018

President Trump’s record-breaking staff churn continues, with departures of top officials becoming routine. It has not been this way in past administrations.

The New York Times


Federal workers spill on life in Trump's Washington
In the News

March 30, 2018

One Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow eagerly returned to teaching after listening to Betsy DeVos bash public schools. And one Environmental Protection Agency official said staffers are distraught at having to personally dismantle regulations they spent years crafting.

Politico


Spending measure could disrupt Trump’s plans to cut agencies
In the News

March 30, 2018

President Trump sounded disgusted when he grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan last week.

The Washington Post


Behind the chaos: Office that vets Trump appointees plagued by inexperience
In the News

March 30, 2018

An obscure White House office responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of political appointees has suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff, hobbling the Trump administration’s efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government, documents and interviews show.

The Washington Post


Office that vets Trump appointees faces staff shortage, inexperience: report
In the News

March 30, 2018

A White House office charged with vetting new appointees to the Trump administration suffers from staff shortages and inexperienced personnel, according to a Washington Post report.

The Hill


Report: Office responsible for vetting Trump appointees plagued by personnel problems
In the News

March 30, 2018

The office responsible for finding and vetting Trump administration political appointees is plagued with personnel concerns of its own, according to a new Washington Post investigation. 

CBS


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