Publications

Federal Employees Complain Of Unclear Guidance On Telework

March 19, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The Trump administration has told federal agencies to adjust their operations to “mission-critical” services, but some federal employees say implementation has not come soon enough.

DHS faces coronavirus with scores of vacancies and a leadership vacuum

March 18, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Roughly two-thirds of top jobs in the department are vacant or filled with acting appointees, more than in any other federal agency.

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918’

March 16, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now.

Will Federal Employees Get to Telework Soon, Too?

March 13, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Going remote is a massive, massive undertaking—and Uncle Sam is in no way ready for it

Blue Devil of the Week: A Front-Row Seat to Interdisciplinary Research

March 9, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Laura Howes oversees Bass Connections and the Rubenstein Fellows Academy

GSA will lend more help to presidential transitions under new law

March 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Transitions between different presidential administrations might be slightly easier in the future, under a new law signed by President Donald Trump March 3. The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act requires agencies to establish plans for the changes in senior leadership positions in advance of the election, codifies the disclosure of transition ethics requirements and ensures that...

Donald Trump’s toolkit

March 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

How the president has used OMB, an obscure but important federal agency

House poised to reclassify TSA workforce

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The House of Representatives appears poised to back a bill that would convert Transportation Security Agency workers from their homegrown human resources track to title 5 status, giving them the right to collective bargaining and to appeal adverse employment actions to the Merit System Protection Board. The Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act of 2020...

Trump Signs Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Ethics Requirements

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The bipartisan legislation also has requirements for GSA and other federal agencies.

Trump Signs New Law Governing Presidential Transition Practices

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A new set of rules and procedures for easing the transition from one presidential administration to the next will require agencies to have plans in place by Sept. 15 for filling all top leadership jobs, not just the head position. That requirement was one of several mandates for federal agencies included in a bill (S....