You reap what you sow: Trump transition team canceled plan for ethics training for staff
And it shows. Bad decision, presumably done because ethics problems would not arise, ethics being more or less beside the point. Not President Trump’s fault, as I am sure he will be the first to day. But man! Paulina Firozi reports in The Hill:
President Trump’s transition team called off a plan for an ethics, leadership and management course for his senior White House staff and appointees, including Cabinet members, according to a new report.
According to documents obtained by Politico, the Trump team opted not to have staffers go through the program, which would have covered confirmation hearings, complying with existing laws and orders, dealing with scrutiny from the media and collaborating with lawmakers and agencies.
The program was first put into place in 2000, and the transition teams for former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush received the training, according to the report.
In a letter to potential bidders, the General Services Administration said the program’s requirements “do not accurately reflect the current needs of the Presidential Transition Team.”
“As a result of a change in Presidential Transition Team leadership after the Nov. 8, 2016, election, there have been changes in the PTT’s goals for the political appointee orientation program,” the notice said. . .