POLITICO has learned that the president has made the case for hiring more top-tier freelance workers for his businesses.
Sources close to the president tell POLITICO that he’s been impressed with the work of one of his many freelance consultants, Mike Hickey, who recently won a job as the director of communications at the Department of Homeland Security.
The president’s decision to hire a top-notch consultant for his business-management department and to hire him to help him navigate his agency’s bureaucracy and hire more people is one of the latest signs that he is looking to hire more top tier talent in his business operations.
The administration is in the midst of a major overhaul of its hiring practices, including a $300 million hiring spree of new staff, including dozens of new top-level executives.
The White House has already hired dozens of people, and the White House budget office says it plans to spend $500 million on hiring over the next four years.
The Trump administration is already hiring a large number of new hires, and several new hires were reported by POLITICO last week.
One of those new hires was Hickey.
Hickey had been the lead recruiter for the Office of the Secretary of State, the State Department’s main foreign policy post, but he left that position last month after less than a year in office.
He is now the lead recruitment consultant for the Trump administration’s chief technology officer, who is the deputy chief technology strategist at the National Security Council.
Hicky is also the executive director of a new agency that will manage the White Houses data centers.
He has been a top recruiter in the last few years for the Department’s IT and technology operations.
At the same time, he has had to adjust to the pace of change and the demands of his new role.
“I’m just trying to adapt, and I think I’ve learned from it,” Hickey told POLITICO in an interview.
Hics recent experience in government includes helping the White house run its transition from the George W. Bush administration to Barack Obama’s administration.
Hiccups at the Whitehouse during the transition are well documented, including the failure of top officials to acknowledge the importance of the data center in a way that was understood.
Hiccup was among those who were forced to resign when the WhiteHouse became a state department contractor in 2012.
After that, he joined a team that went on to manage the data centers and the transition to the Obama administration.
He said he was able to leverage his knowledge and experience to build relationships with top officials, including Secretary of Homeland Sec.
Janet Napolitano and former Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.
“We all came to a point where there was an inability to maintain communication,” Hiccup said.
“And I felt like, well, maybe it’s time for someone else to step up.”
A number of top White House staffers have since left, including Chief of Staff Katie Walsh and Chief of Communications Joe Lockhart, who was the chief of staff to the President’s chief of team during the last administration.
But Hickey says he is not leaving his role with the WhiteHousing and Urban Development Department.
“At the end of the day, I’m not leaving my position,” Hickey said.
He added that he would not be leaving his position in the Department for any other position.
Hikes role as chief recruiter is a major change for the agency, which for years has been run by the White, Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) and the Department Of Justice (DOJ).
But Hiccies experience is different than that of any of the other top executives who were previously in the department.
“In a lot of ways, I think this is an extension of the job I was given,” Hics said.
HICKES TRAINING Hiccys experience in federal government has been to run the Whitehouses Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and its investigations of potential fraud, waste and abuse.
During his tenure at the DOJ, Hiccks team also investigated a series of civil lawsuits that targeted former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, who resigned in 2015 after federal prosecutors accused her of lying about a $5,000 payment to a company that sold her personal cell phone.
Palmieri was eventually sentenced to six months in jail and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, a total of more than $7,000.
But in January 2017, the DOJ dropped the charges and agreed to settle a civil suit for $7 million that Hiccetts team filed against Palmieri and her attorney.
Hicketts team was also involved in a federal fraud case involving the White HOUSE Office of Legislative Affairs.
A former employee of the office was indicted in May 2017 on fraud charges.
That investigation, led by a federal prosecutor, focused on whether the WhiteHOUSE office was involved in the improper procurement of public contracts by the agency.
The indictment was eventually dropped in February 2018, but the DOJ’s Civil Division continued to investigate the matter.