An Inside Look at How the Partnership for Public Service Helps Build Better Presidential Transitions
In this episode, Max Stier and David Marchick discuss the Center’s work, their concerns about the 2020 transition cycle and why transitions have improved in recent years.
Political Appointee To Civil Servant: What the Public Should Know About “Burrowing In”
During election seasons, the status of political appointees in the federal workforce come under increased scrutiny. Under all recent presidents, some political appointees have attempted to become civil servants — a process commonly called “burrowing in.” Unlike political appointments, civil service positions do not terminate at the end of an administration. Conversion therefore allows political appointees to stay in government after the president who appointed them has left office.
The art of agency review during a presidential transition
In this episode of Transition Lab, host David Marchick speaks to Lisa Brown, co-chair of agency review for the 2008 Obama-Biden transition team. Marchick and Brown discuss how this process works, why it is so important and the critical role played by career staff.
The fifth risk and coronavirus, a conversation with Michael Lewis
Author Michael Lewis shares insights on the coronavirus pandemic and stories from “The Fifth Risk.” Lewis discusses the critical role federal employees play in managing the crisis, and his advice for presidential transition teams. Lewis also outlines the importance of effective government management, both in times of crisis and times of normalcy, and why we need to rethink what we’re told about the career officials running our federal government.