Some Interesting Links


John Kamensky, Senior FellowThere’s interest in the U.S. presidential transition in other countries, as well.  I had some visitors from the Swedish government drop by this morning and they were curious about how the U.S. government ensures there is an orderly transfer of knowledge about various policy and technical matters between administrations.  Once they realized it wasn’t quite so orderly, they asked:  “How do you maintain your status as the only superpower??”  Good question!


Today, I just wanted to share several interesting resources that came available recently. 


The Office of Personnel Management updated its “Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resource Management.”  The guide provides incoming political appointees a view of government they probably wouldn’t think of . . . with the first chapter titled “Standards of Ethical Conduct,” and ending with a chapter on “Personal Identify Verification.”  It is important for potential Presidential transition team members to know they will not be issued a PIV (authorized under HSPD-12, under the implementing guidance of FIPS-201-1) if “The individual is know to be or reasonably suspected of being a terrorist.”  However, there is a good chance the guide will get an avid audience – there’s an important section about benefits for departing political appointees, including a sample separation notice!


A conference co-sponsored by Deloitte Public Research and the National Academy of Public Administration on “Web 2.0:  the Future of Collaborative Government” was held in early June.  A website with summary materials from that conference is now available.   One of the fun things about the conference was that, as speakers made their presentations, a graphic artist sketched icons and summarized the content “live” on a large scroll of paper that was the stage background.  So if you don’t want to read the papers, you can look at the pictures (sample)!


Finally, there was a nice piece by Richard Walker in the on-line version of Federal Computer Week, “Deputy Chiefs Key to Transition.”  In it, he highlights the importance of the role of career deputies in departments and agencies as the institutional bridges between the current and future administrations.  He points to how many career executives in these roles are already beginning to draft transition plans for their offices.


By the way, “thanks” to readers who send interesting links to be shared.  I don’t always catch everything new that comes out, and I appreciate your pointing things out.


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