Publications

Appointee abyss

November 15, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

APPOINTEE ABYSS: As the 115th Congress approaches its end, key executive-branch positions remain vacant or without permanent leadership at agencies that make employment and immigration policy. With members of Congress set to go home Dec. 14 (barring unforeseen developments), unconfirmed nominees risk having to start the nomination process all over again. Here’s a rundown of those...

Case studies highlight success of member-driven congressional oversight

November 8, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Re-establishing Congress’ strength as an independent, functioning branch of government is a goal easier said than done. Officials and experts alike struggle to propose rubber-hits-the-road solutions — ones that, on a short timeline, are both easy legislative lifts for members and make a material difference back home. 

Ending the nominations blockade

October 9, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Anyone seeking a mid-career sabbatical should seek a presidential nomination to a position that requires Senate confirmation. GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is teeing up more votes this week, and the GOP needs to move fast because the glacial pace of staffing the government will slow to near-zero if Democrats retake the Senate. 

Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

September 6, 2018

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Topic: Presidential Transition

Publication Tags: 2016,Agencies,Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Best Practice,Management

Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

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...

Executives association wants to fill in the gaps in federal training and development

October 5, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Develop Strong Leaders,Engage Employees,Inspire and Hire Mission-Critical Talent,Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

For years, stakeholder organizations and good government groups have decried the lack of sufficient training for managers and executives at federal agencies. Now an association for agency executives is taking matters into its own hands. 

Trump feared transition officials were ‘stealing’ his money

October 3, 2018

Publication Type: In the News

Publication Topic: Modernize Management Systems,Presidential Transition

Author Michael Lewis deserves credit for some inside-agency scoops in The Fifth Risk, his takedown of the Trump administration’s rocky transition from campaign mode to governing. The title (which refers to the challenges that arise if a project manager is not competent and leaders are shortsighted) spotlights federal heroes unappreciated by incoming Trump appointees, mostly with...