January 23, 2017Download (162k)
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump and his administration should make government management–not just policy–a top priority during his first 100 days in office, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service.
As the nation’s new chief executive, Trump is now responsible for managing the largest, most complex organization on the planet – the federal government, a four million-person civilian and military enterprise with annual spending of almost $4 trillion. He also needs to make 4,000 political appointments, including naming about 1,100 individuals requiring Senate confirmation who will hold important leadership jobs throughout the government.
It is critical for Trump to get his top 100 departmental and agency leaders chosen, thoroughly vetted and confirmed by the Senate as quickly as possible to ensure the effective operation of the government.
“Getting the people piece right isn’t easy or glamorous. It’s a complex and difficult task,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, which runs the Center for Presidential Transition. “But success for the new administration will depend on having well-qualified, well-prepared leadership teams in place across the government to manage a long list of critical domestic, economic and national security challenges.”
Historically, the appointment and confirmation process has been slow and has required more time and attention than anticipated; as a result, administrations have been plagued by long-standing vacancies that have impeded government effectiveness. So far, only 2 leaders of Trump’s Cabinet are confirmed, in comparison to the Obama and George W. Bush administrations who each had seven leaders confirmed on Inauguration Day.
“The transition was about the Trump team getting ready to govern,” said Stier. “The real test of governing starts now for the new administration.”
During the first 100 days, the Partnership recommends that Trump:
The Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition is designed to help presidential candidates navigate the transition process, prepare political appointees to lead effectively and work with the outgoing administration to encourage a smooth transfer of power.
For 15 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective for the American people. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation.
Type: News Release
Topics: Presidential Transition