The Federal Coach: The Political Appointee Merry-Go-Round

We are at that time again in the ebb and flow of government life when political appointees begin heading for the exit, leaving their jobs for new opportunities.

I hear from some federal managers that this 18 to 24 month ritual, part of the natural cycle in Washington and the federal regions, can leave big voids in management for an undetermined amount of time and halt progress on important initiatives. Others say the departure of their political boss is a welcome relief and they are glad to see them walk out the door. Either way, I encourage you to prepare in case you need to face another round of familiarizing new appointees with life at your agency.

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