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Preparing for a presidential transition: The practical guide
In the News

July 28, 2016

Presidential transitions have the potential to alter the face of government in big and small ways across every agency. And while those changes may seem like they are relegated to the highest levels—new political appointees or incoming personnel—a transition can have a surprising influence on the everyday work of established agency teams.

For starters, a transition can change the support structure behind projects that have existed for years, even as it brings with it a unique opportunity to advance projects important to an agency’s work. It also can bring new ideas and priorities that divert resources from projects that are already fulfilling mission-critical goals.

Association for Talent Development


Christie on Trump’s plan to fire feds faster and clean out Obama’s people
In the News

July 22, 2016

“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people.”

That was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) talking to the donor class in a closed-door meeting at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. Christie was both recalling the reality television career of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and projecting Trump’s attitude toward federal employees if he wins.

Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments


Presidential-Transition Expert Max Stier on What’s at Stake in the Next Handoff
In the News

July 22, 2016

Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier sat down with Sharon Marcil, a BCG senior partner and the leader of the firm’s government practice in the Americas, to discuss the challenges inherent in a presidential transition and how that process can be improved. 

BCG Perspectives


Trump campaign says Donald would loosen civil service laws to root out feds loyal to Obama
In the News

July 20, 2016

A key Donald Trump ally unveiled this week how the Republican nominee would reform the civil service as president, and it could dramatically change the protections federal employees currently enjoy.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., who is heading up Trump’s transition effort, told a group of donors at a private meeting he is helping compile a list of Obama appointees in executive branch positions at risk of being converted into career employees before the administration leaves office in January. That process, known as “burrowing in,” is legal but requires oversight and approval from the Office of Personnel Management.

Government Executive

Tag(s): appointments


Trump campaign says Donald would loosen civil service laws to root out feds loyal to Obama
In the News

July 20, 2016

A key Donald Trump ally unveiled this week how the Republican nominee would reform the civil service as president, and it could dramatically change the protections federal employees currently enjoy.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., who is heading up Trump’s transition effort, told a group of donors at a private meeting he is helping compile a list of Obama appointees in executive branch positions at risk of being converted into career employees before the administration leaves office in January. That process, known as “burrowing in,” is legal but requires oversight and approval from the Office of Personnel Management.

Government Executive


Are they ready to govern?
In the News

July 13, 2016

On September 14, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy – the last domino to fall before the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. While Congress and President George W. Bush struggled to draft a plan to rescue the American economy, the stock market would plummet by 788 points, one of the biggest losses in Wall Street history. 

Washington Monthly


Government’s impending technology crisis
In the News

July 11, 2016

The federal government is failing to adequately invest in new information technology, instead spending billions of dollars a year operating and maintaining computer systems that in some cases have components dating back to the days of President John F. Kennedy.

According to the Government Accountability Office, the system used by the Internal Revenue Service to update taxpayer accounts relies on 56-year-old, low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain.

Government Executive


Nominee for OMB deputy slot promises focus on the Presidential Transition
In the News

June 29, 2016

If confirmed for the final six months of the Obama administration, deputy management director nominee Andrew Mayock would focus on ensuring a smooth presidential transition and would seek to avoid “reinventing the wheel,” he told senators on Tuesday.

Mayock, who joined the Office of Management and Budget in 2013 after service in the Millennium Challenge Corp. and at Booz Allen Hamilton, was greeted warmly by members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Government Executive


Meet the man who will make sure Trump or Clinton can govern on day 1
In the News

June 29, 2016

Max Stier won’t say whom he’s voting for, but his job is all about putting the next president in the White House.

Stier, along with his colleague David Eagles, head up the Center for Presidential Transition, and have been working closely with the White House and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns to ensure the candidates and the outgoing president successfully manage the critical transition of power. The group was launched by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service in January of this year to act as a mediator and helping hand during the transition.

ABC News


Clinton behind in transition planning, NGO warns
In the News

June 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton is behind Donald Trump in one basic measure of her preparations to govern.

Both campaigns and the current White House have embraced a new effort to take the handover process from one president to the next more seriously, especially in an age of instability and terrorist threats abroad. The Trump and Clinton campaigns are working with an outside nonprofit group to prepare to hit the ground running if and when one of them takes office on Jan. 20, 2017. But while Trump named New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the chairman of his transition in May, Clinton still has yet to officially appoint someone to be in charge.

Politico


Jackson: Transition teams get a head start on the White House
In the News

June 26, 2016

The whole time Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was running against President George H.W. Bush in 1992, his campaign made no plans for the transition to power because it would have been seen as presumptuous.

“I think almost certainly he would have been accused of measuring the drapes,” said Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Clinton’s first chief of staff in the White House.

Today, there’s a concerted effort both inside and outside the government to argue that transitions are too important to be left to the 73 days between Election Day and Inauguration Day, a time a president-elect not only must shift from campaigning to governing but also begin to fill 4,000 jobs, including 1,100 that require Senate confirmation.

NorthJersey.com


Stoddard: Trump, Clinton getting ready for change
In the News

June 08, 2016

Both Trump and Hillary Clinton have assigned people to collaborate quietly with the Obama administration on a transition plan to secure the country in a time of “maximum vulnerability,” according to Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service.

The Hill


Final two horses head for the starting gate
In the News

June 08, 2016

Now presidential transition is in the air, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each apparently having clinched their respective parties’ nominations. Just as a warm day in the fall smells differently than a warm day in spring, you can sense the change already.

Federal News Radio


Final two horses head for the starting gate
In the News

June 08, 2016

Now presidential transition is in the air, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each apparently having clinched their respective parties’ nominations. Just as a warm day in the fall smells differently than a warm day in spring, you can sense the change already.

This one isn’t going to bring moonlight and roses. The upcoming campaign instead brings to mind epic prize fights for which the late Mohammad Ali was famous: The “Thrilla in Manila,” the “Fight of the Century,” and “The Rumble in the Jungle.” Take your pick. It’s gonna be ugly.  Both of them know how to throw a punch.

Federal News Radio


Stoddard: Trump, Clinton getting ready for change
In the News

June 08, 2016

You may not be able to recall the last time the presumptive nominee of either party spoke of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Iranian aggression or the dangerous ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, this last week having been entirely consumed — in both parties — by the topic of Trump University and Donald Trump’s attacks on the presiding judge in that civil case.

Yes, as Republicans fret over their candidate’s mistakes and what they see as a fly-by-the-seat-of-one’s-pants campaign unprepared for the five months ahead, they should take comfort that the Trump team is doing the real work required to protect the country, should he prevail on Election Day.

The Hill


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