Video Blog: Managing a Transition


Here’s a first attempt at a video blog entry! A bit cheesy, but we’re learning.

In all seriousness, though, the Presidential Transition Act of 2000 was intended to “to improve upon the transfer of important knowledge and information from one administration to the next.” The Act’s provisions will likely benefit the 2008 President-Elect:

  • Provide orientation training to new political appointees
  • Compile a transition directory to provide key agency and administrative data
  • Study ways to streamline the presidential appointment process
  • Provide $1 million to implement the bill’s provisions.
  • The General Service Administration, which is responsible for the administrative details of any transition (office space, computers, etc.) hosted a firs-ever transition website which it, and the National Archives, used to provide an overview of each agency (strategic plan, organization chart, etc.) and an overview of key laws that appointees new to government needed to be aware of (ethics laws, contract laws, sunshine laws, etc.).

    The incoming Bush Administration made good use of the orientation training sessions, ensuring a common understanding across its appointees of key elements – working with the media, with Congress, with career executives, with inspectors generals, etc.

    In addition, the Brookings Institution helped orchestrate a large-scale project to support the winner of the 2000 election. Of course there was no way to know that the transition period was going to be truncated, but the project has left an electronic legacy for the next team, as well.

    Are there other tools that would be helpful to an incoming President that might not have been envisioned back in 2000? Should the Act be updated?

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