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Fall Update: Transition Resource Roundup

October 5, 2016

Gwynne Kostin, Senior Advisor, Center for Presidential Transition

From new portals and recommendations on technology and security policies to a focus on the importance of the first year of a presidency, there have been a number of new papers and reports available for transition teams published during the past few weeks. We’re highlighting helpful resources below.

  • Bloomberg Government has launched a new portal, Government Affairs: Influence In Transition, which provides real-time updates on the presidential and congressional races, and offers a valuable checklist for all government affairs professionals. This transition resource is designed to help government affairs teams prepare for the election no matter the outcome. The checklist walks through the five transition stages most important in Washington and around the nation. From building the transition team to the inauguration and beyond, Bloomberg Government will cover all the action. See more here.
  • The Professional Services Council released, “PSC 45: An Agenda for the Next President of the United States.” The focus of this site is on policy and management recommendations that can immediately improve government mission results. Specific actions include technology modernization, improving cybersecurity, gaining better access to commercial innovation, adopting of commercial best practices, streamlining and improving the acquisition process, eliminating onerous compliance requirements and attracting and retaining the workforce of the future. You can download the paper from the PSC website.
  • The Miller Center at the University of Virginia published Volume 5 of their “First Year” series. The series focuses on the importance of the start of a presidential administration. The issues around government gridlock are analyzed in “Fixing our Broken Government.” The good news is that history illustrates that we have survived partisan gridlock before. Read more on this excellent site, First Year 2017.
  • BENS (Business Executives for National Security) issued a guide, Campaign 2016, for candidates and voters that includes assessments and solutions to specific cyber and national security concerns, ranging from sustaining the nation’s economic security and managing for efficiency to attracting talented individuals to serve in government and strengthening our domestic security establishment. You can download their report here.
  • And, in case you missed it, the IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service published a “Management Roadmap” for the incoming administration. The Roadmap identifies four essential actions to help drive success in delivering government services: leveraging executive talent, managing government as an integrated enterprise, building sustained innovation across agencies and strengthening decision-making to achieve results. You can read more here.

Are there other great resources you’ve seen that are not included here? Let us know on our contact page for our next round up.


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