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The Trump Transition Goes Digital

For folks out there concerned that the next president might not know his way around a computer, rest assured President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team does. Government’s newest website, www.greatagain.gov, offers an overview of Trump’s top priorities, from regulatory reform to building that wall, as well as information about the mechanics of the transition itself.  

The site also features an online application for those who want to work in the Trump Administration and invites citizens to share ideas for how to make America great again.

And for anyone involved in the transition who wants to track government reform information on the go, the Government Accountability Office is now offering a transition app. According to Comptroller General and GAO head Gene Dodaro, the agency’s extensive experience analyzing government programs and agencies makes it the logical organization to help bring people up speed on a wide range of vital issues.

“We’ve tried to make sure the app as directly as possible lays out quick lists of the major changes needed and allows users to navigate right to GAO’s reports for all the details,” Dodaro said in a statement.

The free app is available for both...

Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers Spotted Touring Trump Transition HQ

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With the nation’s capital quietly stunned by the surprise presidential election victory of Republican Donald Trump, the Trump transition team wasted no time on Wednesday. 

As it prepared its move from its pre-election headquarters a block from the White House to the new official transition office space inside the renovated General Services Administration building, smiling officials—some wearing Trump pins and hats--were seen at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby escorting former Rep.  Mike Rogers, R-Mich. 

Rogers had left the House in March 2014 to host a radio show for Cumulus Media Inc. and the former FBI agent has been broadcasting “Something to Think About with Mike Rogers,” which goes out to more than 156 stations. 

He declined a reporter’s request for details on his coming role, saying only, “I’m not a bag carrier.” He was spotted again two blocks away inside GSA headquarters.

Rogers’ interest in the transition was reported back in August, with the Wall Street Journal noting that he is close to both Vice President-elect Mike Pence and transition chair Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Meanwhile, GSA continued its preparations to hand over keys and office supplies...

Video: President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Kimmel, Again

During a visit to the West Coast, President Obama stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night. The president spent three segments with the late-night talk show host to discuss his marriage, the 2016 election and even Snapchat.

Obama also participated in a "Mean Tweets" segment. In the JKL staple, celebrities read insulting tweets directed at themselves. Obama appeared on the show once before, in a March 2015 segment on JKL.

Kimmel revealed in a September Hollywood Reporter interview that the president was disappointed in the lack of vitriol in the 2015 segment.

Obama doing them was a pretty great thing. And it's funny because when he came in and did them — you know, obviously he has people and they're concerned. I mean, mean tweets could potentially go sideways. So they went through them and they cherry-picked the mean tweets that they thought would be appropriate for the president. And he sat down and he just starts looking at them and he goes, "You guys, you missed a lot of … These are not mean enough." And I'm sitting there, giving the stink eye to his people because we wanted him to read the really mean ones, and...

Trump Takes a Page from Bill Clinton on Making Feds More Ethical

In a speech Monday, the Republican presidential nominee proposed bringing back a five-year post-government lobbying ban on all executive branch employees in place for most of the Bill Clinton administration.

“I am going to re-institute a five-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service,” Trump said. “I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order.”

Clinton instituted a similar rule by executive order, as well as a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments, but lifted it in his final weeks in office.

Without specifying who exactly would fall into the category, Trump also said “senior executive branch officials” would face a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments. Trump also promised his administration would “close all the loopholes that former government officials use” to conduct lobbying activities while not technically having to register as a lobbyist.

It could be wise for federal employees to take note of the potential new rules: If Trump is elected, a lot of them may soon find themselves looking for new work.

The Office of Government Ethics recently...

Consumer Bureau Rebuffs Critics Who Deny It Broke Wells Fargo Scandal

Who deserves the credit for unmasking the Wells Fargo fraud debacle, under which bank executives pressured underlings to meet sales quotas by opening accounts customers didn’t authorize?

On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which had unfurled the blockbuster story with its Sept. 8 announcement of a record $100 fine against Wells Fargo, told Government Executive that the government’s newest agency deserves credit for forcing the corporate abuses into the limelight.

But the agency’s self-congratulation is undeserved, according to some Republican senators and the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, which must be counted among the critics who have long sought abolition of the agency created in the 2010 Dodd Frank post-recession re-regulation act.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, at a Sept. 20 hearing said, “The 2013 Los Angeles Times articles led to the L.A. City Attorney's Office investigation into Wells Fargo's sales practices. Thousands of man-hours by a dozen dedicated L.A. city attorneys culminated in a lawsuit filed against Wells Fargo in May of 2015,” he said, as recounted by Cleveland.com. “This timeline begs the question: Where were the federal regulators during...

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