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Trump announces nominee to head OSTP
In the News

August 01, 2018

President Donald Trump has tapped Kelvin Droegemeier to be his chief science and technology advisor.

Federal Computer Week

Let’s honor public service
In the News

July 31, 2018

President Trump may have campaigned on “draining the swamp” of Washington, D.C. and Americans’ views of Congress may be as low as we’ve ever seen, but now, more than ever, it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of the fact that Americans want a federal government that works efficiently for the country and for them.

The Hill

New Veterans Affairs chief plans to reassign, sideline Trump loyalists now in power
In the News

July 29, 2018

In one of his first acts as President Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary, Robert Wilkie intends to reassign several high-ranking political appointees at the center of the agency’s ongoing morale crisis and staffing exodus, according to three people familiar with his plans.

The Washington Post

Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to lead VA
In the News

July 23, 2018

The Senate easily confirmed Robert Wilkie on Monday as the 10th secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, elevating the top Pentagon official and Washington insider to lead an agency that serves a key constituency for President Trump but has floundered amid political infighting.

The Washington Post

Democrats sound alarm over Trump's plan to slash the federal government
In the News

July 18, 2018

A congressional hearing on reforming the federal bureaucracy devolved into rancor on Wednesday morning, with some Democrats charging that the Trump administration is trying to privatize essential government functions, including the U.S. Postal Service, without compelling reasons to do so.

Yahoo! News

Temporary EPA chief could keep gig for years without Senate vote
In the News

July 16, 2018

President Donald Trump’s temporary replacement for embattled former EPA chief Scott Pruitt may not be so temporary after all.


“A terrible idea, for so many reasons”: civil servants react to Trump’s reform plans
In the News

July 13, 2018

The US president has set out a series of organisational changes, including the break-up of the Office of Personnel Management – the federal HR policy and services agency. Tamar Wilner hears concerns over the creeping politicisation of America’s professional civil service.

Global Government Forum

Official with for-profit ties to oversee postsecondary education
In the News

July 11, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has delegated the role of assistant secretary of postsecondary education to Diane Auer Jones, whom Democrats have been wary of because of her ties to for-profit colleges and universities.

Bloomberg Government

Is leadership churn limiting agency effectiveness?
In the News

July 11, 2018

Turnover in the Trump administration is at historic levels, which takes a toll on the ability of agencies to execute on their missions.

Federal Computer Week

Appointee watch: Movement at Consumer Bureau, more ambassadorial nominations
In the News

July 09, 2018

As all eyes have been on President Trump’s deliberations over filling the opening on the Supreme Court, the White House in recent weeks has announced the nominations of a number of key administration posts, including a new director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Government Executive

Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members
In the News

July 06, 2018

Scott Pruitt was known inside the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters for sipping $10 organic juice infused with kale, sporting Ferragamo shoes with his Hickey Freeman suits, and making biblical references in texts and conversations with aides.

The Washington Post

Trump heads to Big Sky country
In the News

July 05, 2018

The president will head to Great Falls, Mont., today to deliver remarks at his latest “Make America Great Again” rally. Expect him to discuss immigration and tax cuts, but ME will also be watching to see whether President Donald Trump touts his administration’s moves on public lands in the state, or talks up its coal industry.


The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land
In the News

July 03, 2018

The National Park Service does not have one. Neither does the Bureau of Land Management. Same goes for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The Washington Post

The White House is becoming a ghost town. Trump loyalists worry it's going to get worse.
In the News

June 29, 2018

The Trump White House could resemble a ghost town by the end of the summer — with an increasing number of open jobs, a still-broken process to fill them, and a lack of interest from experienced Republicans willing to join a turbulent administration.

BuzzFeed News

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.

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