The guide for incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management (ASAM) is designed to support an ASAM lead effectively from their first day. It has been developed with input from current and former ASAMs and lists key actions a new ASAM can take to accelerate their impact during their first month on the job. It also highlights leading practices they can use to strengthen their effectiveness over their first year and beyond.

This guide is designed to help a new deputy secretary lead effectively from day one. It outlines best practices a deputy secretary should follow to increase their impact and advance the priorities of the administration and department focusing on key people, issues, stakeholders and management practices. It was informed by insights from former deputy secretaries and other senior federal leaders. 

Statement of Max Stier President and CEO Partnership for Public Service Written statement prepared for the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing entitled, “Lacking a Leader: Challenges Facing the SSA after over 5 Years of Acting Commissioners.