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In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, Mark Robbins, the sole member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, walks through the supply closet, pointing to boxes full of cases, in his office in Washington. Robbins reads through federal workplace disputes, analyzes the cases, marks them with notes and logs his legal opinions. He then passes them along to nobody. He’s the only member of a three-member board that legally can’t operate until the president and Congress give him at least one colleague.  (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

If they’re ever confirmed, here’s what MSPB members will face

For what nominee will face should they be confirmed, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the last MSPB member, attorney Mark Robins.

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Shalanda Young

Biden picks women of color to lead White House budget office

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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. A U.S. judge on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them

Biden seeks to replace 2 Trump picks on USPS Board of Governors

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Robert Santos

Biden’s Census nominee promises independence, transparency

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Anton Hajjar, Amber McReynolds, Ronald Stroman, Kiran Ahuja

Senate committee advances Ahuja’s nomination for OPM director

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, Isabella Casillas Guzman attends a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to consider her nomination to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  The new head of the Small Business Administration expects to make changes at the agency that she says will enable it to further help small companies devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

New SBA head plans changes at agency; focus now is COVID-19

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$500B worth of the economy waiting on Biden White House procurement plans

Some solid career people are keeping the lights on at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. But the Biden administration has so far given few signals…

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Getting grounded after a transition

Entering a federal agency for the first time as an appointed manager can be daunting. Tom Temin got a breakdown from Boston Consulting Group’s Daniel Werfel.

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Donald Trump Greg Abbott

At some agencies, acting leadership often outlasted permanent appointees over last 4 years

The Trump administration left open more non-competitive positions near the end of its four years in office compared to the two previous terms. Some of those vacancies persisted, with the tenure of acting leadership outlasting that of permanent appointees at several key positions.

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