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Advice to Political Appointees

Dec 19, 2018



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Introduction

This section includes a compilation of advice for political appointees that have been prepared in recent years for new appointees. The goal of this section is to provide insights for new political appointees both prior to their appointment and after they assume their position and deal with the challenge of managing in government.

This section is organized by challenges faced prior to appointment, key management challenges after confirmation, and the key relationships that appointees must effectively develop.

Working with the White House and OMB

The White House by Thurgood Marshall, Jr. (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

White House Policy Councils by Paul Weinstein, Jr. (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

The Office of Management and Budget by Bernie Martin (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Working with the Media

Media by Lawrence J. Haas (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Dealing with the Media - Chapter 5 (From A Survivors Guide for Presidential Nominees)

Working with Other Government Organizations

Office of Personnel Management by Solly Thomas (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Government Accountability Office by Judy England-Joseph (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Inspectors Generals by Gaston L. Gianni (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Working with Key Stakeholders

Unions by Robert M. Tobias (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

State and Local Governments by Robert O'Neill and Elizabeth K. Keller (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Interest Groups and Associations by Stan Soloway (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Working with Congress

Congress by John J. Callahan (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

Working with the Congress by John H. Trattner

Before Your Appointment

First Things First - Chapter 1 (From A Survivors Guide for Presidential Nominees)

The Appointments Process - Chapter 3 (From A Survivors Guide for Presidential Nominees)

The Confirmation Process - Chapter 4 (From A Survivors Guide for Presidential Nominees)

After Confirmation

Getting Started

Succeeding as a Political Executive by Paul R. Lawrence, E&Y, and Mark A. Abramson, Leadership Inc.

Do's and Don't's for Political Appointees (From The Presidential Appointee's Handbook)

Learn How Things Work by G. Martin Wagner (From Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives)

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