I had lunch yesterday with Martha Kumar, who helps run the White House Transition Project, and she encouraged a visit to their website to see their “Six Month Review” of the Obama Administration’s transition. You should visit also!
They’ve got a running tally of the status of presidential appointments as of the six-month point (55 percent identified or confirmed, of the top 542 positions). They note the delay in confirmations tends to be on the White House side – not the Senate side — of the appointment process.
They have also drafted some essays on specific topics: a review of Rahm Emanuel’s effectiveness on the job so far (a positive assessment), a review of Jim Jones’s role as national security advisor (still evolving), and a piece on presidential travel (Obama has earned lots of miles!). Additional essays in production include a piece on the organization of the White House, and the interaction between the President and the press.