Appointment Process in the News

This page provides readers a source for recent news regarding the Appointments Process, whether it be newspaper articles, events, or interviews. Please glance through the listings to find a piece you are interested in.


WHY TRUMP STILL HASN'T NAMED A LEADER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

WHY TRUMP STILL HASN'T NAMED A LEADER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS With confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet set to start this week, the president-elect still has not chosen a leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency he vowed on the campaign trail to significantly shake up.

It is not for lack of trying.

Trump has met with or considered about a dozen candidates to run the second-largest federal department. But none seems to have made the cut.

Of all the day-to-day operations of government that Trump railed against during his campaign, VA, an agency reeling from scandal, came under special scrutiny. Its management challenges are vast, and the president-elect’s promises to veterans to remake it daunting. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post.

THE CABINET WAS THE EASY PART. STAFFING (AND STEERING) THE BUREAUCRACY TAKES MUCH MORE WORK.

THE CABINET WAS THE EASY PART. STAFFING (AND STEERING) THE BUREAUCRACY TAKES MUCH MORE WORK. With confirmation hearings starting, much of Washington’s focus will be on President-elect Donald Trump’s top-level appointments. But take note of reports that James Mattis, nominated to be the defense secretary, is feuding with Trump Tower over other jobs in the Pentagon. That’s a clue to the fact that Cabinet offices represent just the tip of the executive branch iceberg.

Brookings senior fellow Elaine Kamarck has broken down the astonishing 4,115 posts that need to be filled by the president. Many are on part-time commissions and the like. But about 800 are executive-level positions, some requiring Senate confirmation and some not. (These figures are from the Partnership for Public Service.) Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (1/10/17). 

ETHICS REPORTS LAG FOR TRUMP NOMINEES FACING CONFIRMATION HEARINGS THIS WEEK

ETHICS REPORTS LAG FOR TRUMP NOMINEES FACING CONFIRMATION HEARINGS THIS WEEK Key disclosure reports for four out of nine of Donald Trump’s nominees subject to Senate confirmation hearings this week had yet to be made public by late Monday, underscoring concerns from the Office of Government Ethics that it is being rushed to approve the documentation.

The first nomination hearing is slated for Tuesday, for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, whose ethics report has been completed. But paperwork for some other nominees was not available. For example, the ethics report had yet to be made public for Betsy DeVos, the billionaire who is slated to head the Department of Education. Devos’s confirmation hearing was originally set for Wednesday, but was postponed on Monday night to Jan. 17. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (1/9/17).

CRITICS SAY TRUMP APPOINTEES CAN DODGE A HUGE TAX BILL. THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

CRITICS SAY TRUMP APPOINTEES CAN DODGE A HUGE TAX BILL. THAT'S NOT THE CASE. “Not only is Donald Trump giving a gang of billionaires control of our government, he’s offering them a special tax break just for signing up.”

That was Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, last week criticizing what has been called a “loophole” in the tax code that allows government appointees to defer paying taxes on stock sales. These appointees — who currently include some of the wealthiest people in the country — are typically required to sell all of their stock in individual companies to comply with conflict-of-interest rules, and this tax-deferring aspect of a 1989 law is meant to help offset that requirement. Click here for the full article from the New York Times (1/9/17).