Academy Launches Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

This morning, the Academy launched its Transition 2016 initiative, which is designed to advise the incoming 2016 Presidential Administration on effective management improvement initiatives; identifying and overcoming government management challenges; and identifying key Presidentially-appointed agency management positions. 

The initiative will be led jointly by Ed DeSeve, a former official during the Obama and Clinton Administrations, and David Chu, a former official during the Reagan and both Bush Administrations. The Academy also will work with the American Society for Public Administration in offering management recommendations and trusted advice to build a more agile, responsive and resilient government.

“Good management is good politics,” said DeSeve. “Having the candidates prepared day one to take on the challenges of implementing policies is essential to a smooth transition.”

“Management—how you implement a program—may not be the first issue on which government leaders focus when announcing how they’ll deal with a problem, but it is essential if the public’s expectations of its government are to have any chance of fulfillment,” said Chu.

In 2016, the American people will elect a new president, whose administration will undoubtedly face challenges in transitioning existing programs, agencies, and personnel to suit his or her political agenda.  Specifically, the Presidential Transition 2016 initiative will:

  • Advise potential Presidential Administrations on which management improvement initiatives have worked, which haven’t, and where gaps in current management improvement initiatives may exist;
  • In partnership with the American Society for Public Administration, conduct studies and produce other content through the Advising Leaders project that represent the most advanced thinking on the government’s management challenges and how to overcome them; and
  • Inventory and spotlight, in cooperation with Ernst & Young, LLP, through the Political Appointee Project, those Presidentially-appointed positions most critical to the improvement of agency and program management and provide insights to new political executives on the challenges of managing in government. 

The Academy, a congressionally-chartered institution comprised of more than 800 Fellows who are recognized as leaders in public administration, is uniquely positioned to provide assistance by working with the campaign and transition teams, the new Administration, and Congress on identifying what’s worked and what has not in government management initiatives.

The American University School of Public Affairs, Key Executive Leadership Program is supporting the Presidential Transition 2016 initiative as a leading academic sponsor.

For more information about the Transition 2016 initiative, please click here.