The Presidential Transition Act sets aside funds so the incoming Administration can conduct orientation training for incoming appointees. According to Federal News Radio, the General Services Administration announced that they have chosen the Hay Group to be the deliverer of the training for the Obama Administration. In 2000, and before, the Council for Excellence in Government had been the organizer of these orientation sessions, and with its demise earlier this year many thought it would be run by one of the other good government non-profits, so some saw the selection of a for-profit company as surprise.
Related, but not directly, the Office of Personnel Management is conducting an orientation session for new career and non-career senior executives from June 24-25. Its website notes that this will be an opportunity to “learn about the President’s agenda, his vision and values, and to discuss the unique challenges you face with your new responsibilities.” There is also a swearing-in ceremony scheduled, as well.