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Aug
08

Time to Step Up Transition Activities, Agencies Told

From: FEDweek

With the major parties’ political conventions now over, Presidential transition activities will accelerate, adding new responsibilities for agencies while at the same time they will need to fill in for increasing numbers of vacancies in leadership, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition.

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If they haven’t done so by now, it’s time for agencies to finish identifying and training senior career officials responsible for temporarily assuming the positions of departing political appointees during the transition. By this point agencies should have sent OPM an inventory of positions that may be filled by non-competitive appointment in order to list them in the “plum book,” it added. Also, it said, they should be watchful for a possible OMB directive to halt regulatory activity, avoiding so-called “midnight” rule making.

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