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Trump tries to clean house
In the News

June 26, 2018

When newly sworn-in President Trump stood before the Mall in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, he promised renewal for a country battered and bruised from a divisive election, a country he promised could be made great once again.

Washington Examiner

Senate obstruction in profile
In the News

June 24, 2018

Key positions throughout the federal government remain vacant more than 500 days into Donald Trump’s Presidency. The President hasn’t put forward enough nominees, a mistake the media have focused on. Yet Senate Democrats—and the occasional Republican—have held up qualified nominees at a scale unprecedented in recent history.

The Wall Street Journal

Partnership for Public Service Statement on White House Plans to Reorganize the Federal Government
News Release

June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump intends to announce today sweeping plans to reorganize the federal government. Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement regarding this proposal.

“When our government fails to meet citizen expectations, the problems typically stem from people and culture issues, such as shortages in mission-critical talent and the performance and management skills of senior leaders, not how an agency is organized.” said Stier. “No one can reasonably dispute that our government needs reform, but structural reorganizations are rarely the most effective way to improve service to our citizens.”

Stier said reorganization plans by presidents going back decades have rarely met expectations and provide some lessons on what it takes to be successful.

“For the administration’s reorganization plans to succeed, the president and members of his administration must articulate a government-wide vision for reform, the rationale for each proposal, and how the administration will implement changes and measure progress,” said Stier. “The White House also must get congressional buy-in and bipartisan support, make substantial, upfront investments and plan for sustained attention over many years.”

“Congress will have an essential role in evaluating the administration’s plan, challenging assumptions and asserting itself as a co-equal branch with the authority and ability to shape federal agencies and programs.”

During the past 17 years, the Partnership has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective for the American people. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation. Visit to learn more.


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Stephen K. Bannon has won
In the News

June 17, 2018

He was fired 10 months ago, but Stephen K. Bannon has won.

The Washington Post

Promoted six times and then fired: Inside a 24-year-old political appointee’s wild ride in Trump’s Washington
In the News

June 15, 2018

He was one of the fastest-rising political appointees of the Trump administration, an unpaid campaign intern with no professional experience who soared into a top job with a six-figure salary at the White House’s drug policy office. But on Jan. 14, in the hours after a front-page Washington Post story cast doubt on his ­résumé and qualifications, ­24-year-old Taylor Weyeneth was feeling vulnerable.

The Washington Post

Uncle Sam says ‘help wanted,’ but recent grads don’t bite
In the News

June 08, 2018

The federal government is experiencing a severe shortage of younger workers, which is causing problems now and may lead to more later.

Bloomberg BNA

Trump's failure to hire people is doing serious damage
In the News

June 07, 2018

The understaffing of his administration is going to have long-term consequences, experts warn—we just won't know what those consequences will be.


Appointee watch: A wave of State, Defense nominations
In the News

June 07, 2018

Last month, President Trump announced his third pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, following multiple ethics scandals with previous choices.

Government Executive

America is rapidly approaching an HR crisis
In the News

June 06, 2018

As Americans, we have only one institution with the resources and the public mandate to address our nation’s most vexing problems: the federal government. It is, however, ill-equipped for the task today, operating with a badly broken personnel system that is rapidly reaching a crisis point.

The Los Angeles Times

To improve agency customer experience, consider investing in the federal workforce
In the News

June 05, 2018

The federal government is chock full of chief information officers, chief financial officers and chief human capital officers.

Federal News Radio

Workforce executive orders miss the mark, observers say
In the News

June 05, 2018

Although the Trump administration said its recent executive orders on the federal workforce will make agencies more efficient and solve age-old performance management difficulties, good government observers said the measures will do little to alleviate the problem.

Government Executive

It's the biggest 2018 primary day so far. Here's what to watch for.
In the News

June 05, 2018

WASHINGTON — A total of eight states hold their primaries today, including California, where the Top 2 candidates (regardless of party) advance to the general election. Here are the seven questions we have going into tonight’s primaries in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota:

NBC News

Trump's war on the Washington bureaucracy
In the News

June 05, 2018

Bill Valdez fired two people during his 20 years as a manager in the federal workforce.

The Washington Examiner

Work for Congress? Time to cancel summer
In the News

June 05, 2018

Employees that work in and around Congress may have to reconsider their summer vacations, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced June 5, 2018, that the Senate would remain in session in August, foregoing the traditional summer recess.

Federal Times

Impartial advisers could help Trump restore civil service accountability
In the News

June 04, 2018

Civil service reform is long overdue, but you wouldn’t know it from the hue and cry over President Trump’s recent executive orders proposing modest reforms. These reforms, for example, would eliminate the ability of civil servants to file a grievance over the employee’s performance rating. It’s no coincidence that over 99 percent of federal civil servants received a rating of “fully successful” or better, according to a 2016 Government Accountability Office report.   

The Hill

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