The Presidential Transition
In March, President Obama signed the Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act, which aims to help future presidential candidates navigate the transition process while clarifying the nonpartisan support role of the General Services Administration. As a result, the handover between the Obama White House and the incoming Trump administration is on tract to unfold with more seriousness and less frenzy than past changeovers.
January 20 The Senate confirmed the first two members of the new president’s administration: James Mattis as defense secretary and John Kelly as homeland security secretary.
January 20 ACLU and CREW seek documents associated with the president’s hotel lease and climate change policies.
January 20 New presidents typically unveil a broad budget plan in February, and a more detailed version in spring.
January 19 Most are career employees who will serve as temporary heads.
January 19 News report on major budget cuts comes as Perry backs off vow to eliminate Energy.
January 19 President-elect knows public servants make sacrifices that go unrecognized, spokesman says.
January 18 A weekly roundup of pay and benefits news.
January 18 Oversight chairman had asked Shaub to talk privately on handling Trump conflicts.
January 18 Zinke also says he will protect federally controlled land from sale or transfer.
January 17 What federal leaders can expect in the coming months.
January 17 One in four feds say they will not be able to carry out their agencies' mission under Trump.
January 17 Required by highway bill, Donovan sets up accelerated environmental review procedures.
January 13 Management really matters for this high-potential but hazardous approach.
January 13 Partisans on House Oversight panel duel over handling of Trump’s potential conflicts.
January 12 OPM chief says Obama personnel reforms will survive future administrations.
January 12 Trump housing secretary nominee and retired neurosurgeon plans to do a lot of listening, if confirmed, he told senators.
January 12 But the the 2004 law that created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence creates some hurdles as well.
January 11 Bipartisan reflections and recommendations for the next administration.
January 11 President-elect’s announcement of new trust doesn’t address Washington’s Old Post Office.
January 11 Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service has accepted gifts since 1843.
January 11 Dr. David Shulkin is the current head of the Veterans Health Administration, the department’s largest agency.
January 10 Survey also finds a divide over how involved the president-elect will be in actually running the government.
January 10 Appointees would be advisers and consultants at their agencies-to-be.
January 9 In a letter to the President-elect, 106 Democrats say history demonstrates the tactic would actually increase government through the contractor workforce while decreasing accountability.
January 9 The major impediment is not political but rather our governance structure.
January 9 OGE says it has yet to receive financial disclosures for nominees already scheduled for hearings.
January 9 Evaluation of candidates for deputy and undersecretary positions is ongoing, Spicer said.
January 6 But the President-elect’s edict to remove all politically appointed ambassadors by Jan. 20 is unusual.
January 5 Transparency groups seek financial and ethics documents, citing “distrust in government.”
January 4 The federal government needs to establish a new paradigm that substitutes collaboration and cooperation for command and control.
January 4 GAO survey finds increased trust but cites weak internal communication.
January 3 The Trump transition is behind schedule in vetting its nominees, and struggling to fill senior positions before the inauguration.
December 29, 2016 No significant issue can be addressed solely by an individual government agency.
December 28, 2016 Research shows many professional staffers leave when a new president takes power—especially one with whom they don’t agree.
December 28, 2016 Transition spokesman says Obama administration is still being helpful.
December 23, 2016 The government has remarkably little information about how well its procurement system is working.
December 23, 2016 OSC encourages any federal employees who feel retaliated against to file a claim.
Trump’s Transition Team is Seeking Names of State Department Staffers Working on Gender-Equality Issues
December 23, 2016 The department had less than eight hours to turn over a list of names, programs, and funds allocated to gender-related programs.
December 23, 2016 A return to “regular order” is not enough.
December 22, 2016 How to make sure employees are positioned to meet mission requirements.