The Presidential Transition

One of the biggest obstacles to being a successful blogger is the perpetual need to generate insightful (or, failing that, any) content on a recurrent basis. Too often I find myself exclaiming, “Oh man, I haven’t posted in 2 weeks!” As this episode has recurred yet again, I’ve opted to blog about what I am working on: The presidential transition.

First a bit of good news – I am now an alumni of the Presidential Management Fellows program, and am nearing the end of my first week in my new job. One of my main responsibilities is preparing the Office for the change of administration. To that end I have a assembled a handy dandy collection of links from “the Outside World” (ie: the press and academia).

The above resources contain a slew of good information on the transition process as well as forecasts about some macro level changes the candidates might have in store as they strive to impose their vision for government on the massive federal bureaucracy. No candidate, Democrat or Republican is going to ride a mandate for change into the White House, look at the bureaucracy and say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

If you are actively involved in transition planning, you probably already know about these resources; regardless, as a young government leader it is imperative you familiarize yourself with what is guaranteed to be the principle driver of change in 2009.

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Matthew Stephen Worner

The Hokie Guru doesn’t have any trouble with content lol… but he’s going on vacation soon… and will most likely post in the next three days.

Judy Welles

Since you have added links from the “outside world,” don’t forget Federal Computer Week ( and my ‘Get A Life’ blog which has some personal observations about transition time at I’m very interested in knowing whether, in this time of technology, government is still using loads of trees in briefing books for Presidential transitions.