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Transition 2008-2009 Blog Index

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 - 8:41
This is the final entry to the IBM Center’s Presidential Transition 2008-2009 blog.  Following is an index of highlights from the 275 entries over the past two and a half years we’ve been writing.

Where Is Waldo?

Friday, August 28th, 2009 - 6:05
Everyone is familiar with the anonymous military aide who follows the President everywhere carrying the codes to launch nuclear missile attacks. Less known is the anonymous archivist from the National Archives who tracks the President's minute-by-minute meetings and phone calls.

Performance Pay: Here to Stay?

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 - 10:56
Not unlike the recent public healthcare debates, the mention of performance-based pay generates much passion.  The continued rollout of the Defense Department's version of performance pay was put on hold at the beginning of the Obama Administration, pending a study.  That study is now out.  It is short and clear:  continue the pause, rethink some of the initial premises put in place in 2004, engage employees in re-designing the system, and be sure to invest in training managers.

Obama Appointees: Not Yet Halfway There

Monday, August 24th, 2009 - 11:07
"Seven months into his presidency, fewer than half of his top appointees are in place advancing his agenda," notes Peter Baker in a New York Times story, "Obama's Team Is Lacking Most of Its Top Players."

Transparency in Contracting

Friday, August 21st, 2009 - 15:41
Government Executive's Robert Brodsky says the Obama Administration plans to raise the bar on making more government contract information available in his article, "Administration Says It Is Committed to Posting Contracts Online."

Update: The White House Transition Project

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 - 9:07
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!

Recovery Act: Six Months Old

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 - 13:05
Yesterday's USA Today cover story was bannered: "Poll: 57%  Don't See Stimulus Working."  People are so impatient! Today, it's the Recovery Act's 6-month birthday. And yesterday, Recovery Act recipients could start signing up so they can report their progress starting October 1st.

FY 2011 Budget: Place-Based Policies

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 - 10:58
“All politics is local,” goes the saying.  And that is particularly true when the government says the population will increase by 140 million by 2050.  Where will they all live, work, shop, and play?

Efforts to Engage the Public

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 - 13:03
The healthcare reform debates raging across the country in townhalls and on-line, all show that Americans do want to actively engage in their government.  Obama’s Open Government Directive, which is still under development, intends to expand public involvement.  But various agencies are already jumping in.

FY 2011 Budget: Obama Science Spending

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 - 16:17
Agencies got their budget marching instructions from the Office of Management and Budget back on June 11th, but the science agencies (NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, etc.) have recently received additional guidance.