first 100 days

  • Trump announces slew of deputy secretary nominations

    President Donald Trump announced a slew of nominees for key administration positions Friday, after the Senate confirmed a new deputy-level Cabinet official this week.

  • Policy initiatives but no government shutdown

    The Trump administration’s first 100 days concludes with several policy initiatives and agreeing to a budget plan to avoid a government shutdown.

  • The decluttering of the federal bureaucracy starts now

    Linda Springer, a senior adviser at the Office of Management and Budget, said in part 2 of her exclusive interview about the Trump administration’s reorganization plans that the White House wants to give agencies a lot of freedom in how they execute their plans.

  • Trump administration puts (buy) America first

    President Trump issued an executive order for federal agencies to review their policies and procedures for buying American. He suspect loopholes in buy-American laws are too often used when the government buys. Agencies are to forward their legal and procedural reviews to Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross, who will in turn deliver a draft set of recommendations by the end of the year.

  • All ideas are ‘on the table’ as agencies develop reorg plans

    Linda Springer, a senior adviser at OMB, said the Trump administration is borrowing from past administrations and modifying many long-held concepts to reorganize and restructure the government.

  • Hiring freeze or thaw? What OMB’s memo really says

    Former chief human capital officer at DHS explains how Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s reorganization memo impacts agencies and their employees.

  • Generals warn about cuts to State Dept. budget; senator pushes to double it

    The nation’s number-two military officer added himself to the list of Defense officials who’ve expressed unease about taking funds away from the State Department as one way to pay for a $54 billion plus-up in military spending.

  • Administration’s management agenda comes into view

    The Trump administration, as it promised, ended the 90-day hiring freeze. Simultaneously it launched an ambitious plan to re-do the executive branch bureaucracy top to bottom.

  • Foreign Affairs push into the Trump administration

    Foreign affairs imposed on the Trump administration. Treasury moved to sanction North Koreans believed to have military ties. Trump said the U.S. would take unilateral action in response to Pyonyang threats.

  • Chris Lu: Reorganizing government not an easy task

    Chris Lu, former deputy Labor Secretary and now a senior fellow with the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, has come by a little skepticism of government re-orgs the hard way and offers his take on reorganization efforts by the new administration on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.