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.
November 6 Vanity Fair’s Michael Lewis wrote a scathing narrative about the “stunningly unqualified” political leadership at the department.
November 1 Resistance to Congress’ nonpartisan auditing arm is unusual, but not unprecedented.
October 11 Watchdog report to Democratic lawmakers finds no misspent funds.
September 29 Rules also offer flexibility that may benefit the White House, however.
June 16 The team’s lawyer reportedly instructed them to preserve documents relevant to the federal inquiries into election interference.
April 11 Academics count numbers and key positions from White House personnel shop.
March 7 Despite agency dependence on acting leaders, conservative would purge "leftists."
March 6 Websites list dozens of acting officials at many agencies, with new leaders just arriving.
March 2 GSA had put out a bid for courses aimed at orienting White House staff and nominees in the ways of government.
February 28 He’s always relied on a close circle of advisers.
February 15 One in 10 senior executives depart during that time period, research finds.
February 2 Republicans portray Rep. Mulvaney as passionate, but Dems reject his past "brinksmanship."
January 27 There’s plenty of reason to believe changes and glitches are just par for the course.
January 26 In addition to the key leadership vacancies, the federal hiring freeze also could hobble operations.
January 25 Past efforts to eliminate or upend federal agencies achieved little success.
January 25 Uploading the whitehouse.gov website really does not take that long.
January 24 Trump has moved 23 percent faster than Obama and Bush in filling cabinet, but lower-tier positions are lagging, analysis shows.
January 24 Rep. Cummings says he is “more concerned than ever” after meeting with ethics director.
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.