White House Administration: Senior Officials
While turnover is never a good sign, it is particularly worrisome at the leadership level. And when it comes in bunches at that level, well, that’s a whole different story. Add to that a leadership team as public as the White House administration and it’s difficult not to take notice of the number of prominent departures. With the amount of turnover occurring in the White House, it almost feels as though America is watching a year-long episode of “The Apprentice.” At 34%, the first-year turnover rate of senior officials is higher than any administration in the past 40 years. For context, the next highest was 17% under President Raegan. Several of the noteworthy names in the mass exodus include, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and communications director Anthony Scaramucci (who was hardly there long enough to say his last name). To name a few. Regardless of your political leanings, it’s difficult to deny the impact of a personnel shake up of this magnitude. While some may say the chaos created is in part a misdirection tactic by the President, the churn of senior officials (intended or not) is causing unprecedented commotion. It shifts the focus from conducting business (in this case politics) as usual to hiring, training, and onboarding. And as Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has tracked White House turnover rates over three decades, noted, “When you pull someone from one important position to another, there’s this domino effect.” Let’s just hope the former Apprentice star has uttered “You’re Fired” for the last time. At least for a while.