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The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House
In the News

January 18, 2017

Partnership president and CEO Max Stier appears in a new documentary, from CNN titled “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House&rdquo. The film picks up right after the November 8 election, which ushered in Donald J. Trump as America's president elect.


Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical

Transition television, from PBS and CNN
In the News

January 16, 2017

This is just a guess, but the pre-inaugural programming that is all over television at the moment feels as if it might go largely unwatched. The offerings are generally some combination of Obama-years retrospective and how-we-got-to-this-point analysis.

The New York Times

This tiny, wonky US government agency you’ve never heard of is battling Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest
In the News

January 13, 2017

You have heard of the FBI, and the DOJ—but do you know the OGE? The US Office of Government Ethics, created in 1978 in response to scandals within the Nixon administration, has fewer than 80 employees and, normally, has a low profile role as one of the necessary, yet unglamorous, bureaucratic agencies that keep the wheels of the executive branch of the US federal government turning.


Obama’s federal workplace legacy is mixed, but he’ll be missed
In the News

January 13, 2017

President Obama entered office eight years ago optimistic that he could “make government cool again.” Now he’s preparing to leave the White House to Donald Trump and his cynical “drain-the-swamp” approach to governing.

The Washington Post

Mallory Barg Bulman: How to manage through the presidential transition
In the News

January 11, 2017

Lots of federal managers have asked how they help manage through the upcoming presidential transition. Some tried-and-true basics for taking care of people can certainly help.

Federal News Radio

Fed Coach: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who shepherded Obamacare, talks about its uncertain future
In the News

January 09, 2017

As secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the past two and a half years, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has overseen the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration and a wide range of social services from Head Start to family assistance programs. 

The Washington Post

Trump Defense Nominee James Mattis Resigns From Theranos Board
In the News

January 05, 2017

The retired Marine Corps general President-elect Donald Trump has picked to lead the Defense Department resigned from the board of embattled Theranos Inc., people familiar with the matter said.

Wall Street Journal

A president without an administration
In the News

January 03, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump will take the reins of the federal government on January 20. How many people he will have by his side on that date is very much in question.

The Atlantic

Dan Foster: Successful presidential transition would be good holiday gift
In the News

December 30, 2016

Presidential transition is a term heard frequently these last few weeks. The concept is derived from the 220-year-old uniquely American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, even if political party affiliation is different. Peaceful doesn’t imply effective, so, no matter who your candidate was, in light of all the nation’s challenges, we should all be interested. 

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Contentious presidential transition could threaten national security
In the News

December 29, 2016

The continued discord between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration is setting the stage for one of the more contentious presidential transitions in recent memory, and may present the country with dire national security threats as a result. 

Federal Times

Dealing with employee unease during the presidential transition
In the News

December 20, 2016

As often happens during presidential transitions, some civil servants experience a great deal of anxiety, presenting a management challenge for career leaders.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Ready to Govern, transition management

Trump nominates anti-deficit crusader Mulvaney to head OMB
In the News

December 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump announced Saturday the nomination of South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, an opponent of government spending who rode the 2010 tea party wave to Congress, for director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The three-term Republican congressman, a founding member of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus, met with Trump in New York earlier this month. He first tipped his hand publicly in a Facebook post on Oct. 19, when a follower asked Mulvaney his preferred position in a potential Trump administration.

Roll Call

Improving federal employee engagement must be top priority for Trump administration
In the News

December 15, 2016

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service today released the 2016 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings that show a 1.3-point rise in federal employee engagement compared to 2015, for a score of 59.4 out of 100. This builds on last years 1.2-point increase, but still leaves the government well short of its all-time best score of 65.0 in 2010 and lagging far behind the private sector when it comes to how employees view their jobs and workplaces.

The Best Places to Work rankings, produced by the Partnership and Deloitte, provide vital information to help federal agencies, the White House and Congress assess federal employee engagement and provide a roadmap for federal leaders to improve the management of the workforce and employee performance.


In a presidential transition, there is no time for mistakes
In the News

December 06, 2016

Judy Woodruff sits down with the Partnership for Public Service’s Max Stier, an expert on presidential transitions, to discuss why this phase is so poorly understood, how much private-sector experience helps incoming officials and the vulnerability inherent in the transfer of power.

PBS NewsHour

Fed Coach: How career executives can navigate the presidential transition
In the News

November 29, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition landing teams have begun to descend on federal agencies across the government. These men and women are charged with providing the new administration information about the responsibilities of the various agencies as well as the challenges ahead.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, best practice, Partnership for Public Service

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