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Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management
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September 13, 2018

The guide for incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management (ASAM) is designed to support a secretary lead effectively from their first day.

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Trump fumes over Senate Democrats’ stalling tactics on nominees
In the News

September 11, 2018

Senate Democrats have President Donald Trump’s attention with their historic level of procedural delays to stall the seating of judges and start dates for nominees to key executive branch posts.

The Daily Signal

Top civil servants leaving Trump administration at a quick clip
In the News

September 09, 2018

The streams of people heading for Uncle Sam’s door are top federal civil servants fleeing the Trump administration.

The Washington Post

Thousands of people could technically be 'senior' officials in the Trump administration
In the News

September 06, 2018

Washington (CNN) There are few things in Washington more malleable than the definition of "senior official."


Questions remain after court rejects action by Trump against federal unions. Will he obey?
In the News

August 29, 2018

Federal labor organizations won a major battle against President Trump with a U.S. District Court ruling overturning major sections of executive orders that substantially undermined government unions.

The Washington Post

Sessions aide confirmed to lead DOJ civil division
In the News

August 28, 2018

Law360 (August 28, 2018, 8:41 PM EDT) -- The longtime overseer of the U.S. Department of Justice’s representation of government agencies who has recently been serving as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the DOJ's Civil Division Tuesday.

Law 360

‘Test-and-learn opportunities’ will define GEAR Center, OMB leaders say
In the News

August 24, 2018

The Office of Management and Budget is taking steps to clarify its idea for an independent research center that focuses on helping private companies develop new ideas for improving government efficiency.


Q&A for federal workers: Speeding up hiring
In the News

August 21, 2018

Question: Doesn’t the government realize that its hiring process is too slow, especially for those of us with student debt?

The Washington Post

Groups praise enactment of new hiring authorities
In the News

August 20, 2018

Two good-government groups have said that the recently signed defense authorization bill (P.L. 115-232) “takes one step toward a much-needed modernization of the civil service system.”


How big a deal are the governmentwide hiring reforms that Trump just signed into law?
In the News

August 13, 2018

President Trump on Monday signed into law a defense bill that included a provision with major changes to the federal hiring process. Good government groups heralded the changes as a key reform to help agencies recruit the next generation of talent.

Government Executive

President Trump signs bill adopting Volcker Alliance recommendations for federal civil service hiring practices
In the News

August 13, 2018

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, President Trump signed H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, into law, which includes improvements to federal employee hiring practices endorsed by the Volcker Alliance and Partnership for Public Service. The new legislation contains provisions focused on recruiting, hiring, and attracting a younger workforce outlined in the Renewing America's Civil Service, a joint initiative of the Alliance and the PartnershipThe two nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations focused on helping build a high-performing, effective government, formed the initiative to identify specific policy, regulatory, and statutory opportunities to improve how the federal government recruits, develops, and manages its workforce.

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Appointee watch: Border patrol chief named as record vacancies continue
In the News

August 10, 2018

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan announced Thursday that he has appointed Carla Provost to be the new permanent chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Government Executive

The civil service is becoming fractured. Should we care?
In the News

August 07, 2018

When most people who know something about government think of the federal civil service, they think of workers covered by the General Schedule and Title 5 of the United Sates Code. Proposals for reform typically have that population in mind.


Wages on the rise
In the News

August 01, 2018

WAGES ON THE RISE: The pay picture finally looks a bit brighter, Harriet Torry reports in the Wall Street Journal. “U.S. workers received their biggest pay increases in nearly a decade over the 12 months through June,” writes Torry, “a sign the strong labor market is boosting wages as employers compete for scarcer workers.”


State Department still has a lot of vacancies: Pompeo's mixed success
In the News

August 01, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “is building a great culture at the State Department and bringing on people who are truly exemplary.” So declared Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., at a July 25 hearing otherwise fraught with tensions over issues like President Trump’s tweets and his secretive meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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