• Help Wanted, Apply Now!

    November 21, 2016

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    You may have seen the stories last week — President-elect Donald Trump was shocked to learn he needs to hire over 4,000 political appointees by January 20, or that people in Washington may refuse to work in a Trump administration, or that Trump, as a newcomer to politics, may not know enough people to get down to the business of hiring. I doubt any of those statements are true, and the task is easier than you think.

    Trump was well aware if he won he would need to do some hiring, and if he was not keeping lists of potential candidates, you can be sure others around him were. Far from some kind of chore, political organizations stretching back to Tammany Hall if not ancient Rome live for this task — handing out jobs is one of the prizes the election winner takes home. And as a businessperson, Trump himself is no stranger to the concept of hiring. The standing bureaucracy Washington oversees these transitions every four to eight years, as do the national party offices. Trump, though he is new to government, is not beginning from a cold start.

    But when it gets down to the actual work of filling positions, exactly how will Trump do it? I worked in a non-politically appointed position for the State Department for 24 years worth of transitions. Trump will fill positions pretty much the same way as every other modern president before him has.

    Trump starts with the big jobs, such as transition head Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former chair of the Republican National Committee. Soon after that will come the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and an Attorney General.

    Those appointees will then fill in below them, the deputy and assistant secretaries, U.S. attorneys and advisors who do most of the work of government. Rudy Giuliani, for example, who has been in politics for some time, will have plenty of people he will want to work for him. Given the number of employees he knows and trusts from his business empire, Trump himself may seed in some mid-level individuals, particularly in agencies like Treasury and Commerce. These positions, give or take, amount to about one-fourth of the jobs that need to be staffed quickly. And of those, maybe fewer than 100 are critical for Day One.

    One important point: the first few layers of political appointees require Senate confirmation. A good strategy to both ease that process and to locate experienced people quickly is to turn to Senators and Congresspeople for recommendations. They are more than happy to help friends and allies into positions in the White House and, for Congresspeople who have lost their seats, find jobs for their soon-to-be-unemployed staffers.

    With those Senate confirmation jobs lined up, Trump’s transition team will move to the other positions. These jobs include any number of economic, national security, and other advisers. Many of those will be drawn from the campaign staff, people already advising Trump, or selected out of think tanks, lobbying groups, and academics. The nice thing about those pools of talent is that they are already ideologically vetted based on their association and/or past work. Had Hillary Clinton won, it is likely she would have also drawn staff from the Clinton Foundation.

    And don’t believe what you might read about people in Washington, including those who criticized Trump during the campaign, refusing to work in his White House. Oh, there will be a few, whose stories will get media attention. But the currency of Washington is power, and members of official Washington will kneel on broken glass before any would turn down a job in the West Wing. Trump (or Clinton, or…) will never lack for candidates. Don’t be surprised if even a few of those high-profile Republican national security officials who signed letters in March and August spring saying they’ll never work for Trump change their minds, “for the good of the country.”

    The largest category of jobs left to fill include people who do scheduling, subject matter experts, special counsels, and staff assistants. Many will trickle down as associates from the layer of appointees above them, or be pulled from the cadre of campaign volunteers and interns — why do you think someone spent two months sleeping in cheap motels? Just so they could knock on voters’ doors an Iowa winter?

    The last way Trump will staff up his administration is via application. In fact, you can go right now to President-elect Trump’s “Serve America” web site and complete an online application. Many people will also be submitting applications through their local Republican party office, their Congressional representatives, or just about anyone who knows someone who knows someone. And yes, it is a long shot.

    One more thing: while it is not common, Trump’s team can ask some current staffers to stick around, especially those in technical positions that are less ideological. And not every job has to be filled by Inauguration Day; there are layers of career civil servants who can fill in as needed, same as when the boss goes on vacation. The president can also appoint a temporary acting head of an agency while awaiting a confirmation hearing. In fact, many administrators don’t complete their first cycle of appointments for months.

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  • Recent Comments

    • rich bauer said...


      Willing to apply as long as we dont have to show our tax returns…because we are um still having the IRS audit pending.

      11/21/16 9:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      A great overview of the hiring process during transition times

      11/21/16 9:22 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Trump supporters who gave the most are now ambassadors in waiting. They’ll get the plumb gigs at embassies in Helsinki, Vienna, Rome, etc. Oreck got Helsinki and loved it so much he decided to live there. Maybe a scion of the Hoover company gave a lot this cycle and wants Helsinki. I know- such patronage sucks (pun intended)

      11/21/16 9:40 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      Looky, looky…. Rich is drunk… Again…. At 9:13am.

      11/21/16 12:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      Teri and Peter,

      Are you two going to apply????

      You would be ideal…. A lot of balance would come with you…. Not to mention…. Common sense.

      And…. No……. Not me, not me…

      Have to deal enough with State already.


      11/21/16 12:04 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      My post about appointed ambassadors was meant to show that not all “openings” are available for regular folk to apply. One is often rewarded with an ambassadorship for raising notable amounts of money for the winning candidate. I believe the USA is in the minority regarding countries which assign an ambassador to foreign climes. Instead of clueless dopes taking to the streets and going after the Electoral College and wanting the dildo strapped Hillary as POTUS they should go after the practice of becoming a representative for America because you did a huge favor for a politician. Wait! I guess it does make sense after all. I take it all back. Money talks- money walks. That is the Amerian message to the world.

      11/21/16 1:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      Looks like Rich’s girlfriend is finally admitting something is wrong….

      Or…… At least her kid is…..

      Talk about a few million questions….



      11/21/16 2:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      11/21/16 5:51 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      The photo-shop picture you put up with this article (the WH with a “help wanted” sign in front of it) is very, very funny. I assume you got the ironic, sly, underlying message, which doesn’t have anything to do with hiring diplomats and agency personnel, but I doubt most people will see it. Maybe we need something more obvious – a photo-shop of a map of the US with sticks or rocks laid out across it, spelling out “Help”. Or one of Lady Liberty laying on her side, with the caption, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

      I can’t do photo-shop…maybe someone else?

      11/22/16 3:54 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...



      A partial answer to a question you asked on the last thread, although these guys are only “helping” and aren’t the main actors, obviously (link below). I doubt we’ll ever know how many intelligence agencies and police depts. are intermingled with the mercenary groups now. This is Waco, with a boost from mercs, who didn’t exist back then.

      and Pitch,

      You’re following the Dakota pipeline/Standing Rock pretty closely, so I wanted you to see this article, too.


      BTW, the comments attached to the above article are clearly from an entirely different article on a different topic and are 7 months old. Some screw-up on the part of truth-out, which published the article. (The article is current, so don’t let the comments confuse you.)

      11/22/16 4:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      Morning Teri,

      I know, just curious. Concerned… Etc…

      The Intel company you referred to is called GSG4.
      As a side note.. They are the same company that had in its employ that crazy bastard who shot up Orlando. And got that nutcase his security clearance.
      At approximately the same time as the Orlando shooting, GSG4 sold it self to (redacted), who is owned by the European company, (redacted; which happens to be a major UN contractor). Which explains why the current AG ordered a stop into the investigations of Orlando.

      I know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a dog, who knows ….

      Who has done tech work for (redacted), as well as (redacted).

      GSG4 was the company that originally supplied the Intel,and the dogs that ate little kids. And in the original stages, they supplied the manpower.
      GSG4 “forgot” to inform their new ownership, or their ownership, that they had ANY domestic operations on-going. Convenient, huh?

      Both of their ownership companies immediately ordered them to stop, and withdraw from the contract. As none of them have legal grounds to operate inside the US

      My guess is, that GSG4 either reformed as a new company, and continued…. Or…. Continued despite being ordered to stop. Either is possible.. There are some….. Questions….. About GSG4’s books.

      So…. That’s what a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a dog… Knows.

      Oh…. And… Yes…. I got the help joke…. Although… Lady Liberty, in an ICU holding up the sign would have been more…. Subtle.


      11/22/16 8:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      The article you linked, its not Blackwater.

      The company (redacted) which now owns Blackwater, is the one that bought GSG4.

      Be VERY careful digging into them. They are the big boys.


      11/22/16 8:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      And anyone else that is curious…. About who owns Blackwater and GSG4.

      Most public libraries, have internet access.

      As in…. You will not catch me using an IP address that can be traced back to me.

      These guys are the rabbithole. As in…. No red or blue pill. All black ones.

      You will see some familiar names. One in particular.

      And remember… The domestic parent company is a 100 billion a year, for starters.

      Just be careful.

      Don’t want any of Pitchfork’s drones being retasked…. Or another accidental natural gas explosion.


      11/22/16 8:50 AM | Comment Link

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