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FCW : November 30, 2012
Editor'sNote The 2012 election is over, and the transition is under way. Even when the political party in charge does not change, it is always surprising how many members of an administration change jobs or return to the private sector. The career government employees who guide the agencies through thick and thin are one of the remarkable features of our government. Although they have suffered "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" during the political season, now they can go back to helping storm victims, tending to the health needs of veterans and driving those rovers on Mars. The size of the political cadre is an interesting question and one to which no one seems to have a de nitive answer. The Plum Book, due out at press time, offers one listing of Schedule C positions, but other observers estimate there may be as many as 9,000 political spots. The British system provides an interesting contrast to ours in its approach to transition: Only the very senior leaders change while the rest remain part of the professional core. As we watch the jockeying, extended con rmations and stalled projects, the British system seems very appealing. Defenders of the U.S. approach stress the ability of political appointees to shake up the status quo and, because of their high-level political support, make real and substantive change. Others argue that appointees don t stay long enough to accomplish anything and it is the career folks who drive change. Either way, there will be thousands of new people in new positions, many anxious to make their mark and do good. In this issue, we collect some advice from those who have been through many transitions. There are certain themes worth repeating: Listen, stay objective, and do everything you can to make the new leaders successful. Short, accurate brie ng papers are always appreciated. And above all, continue to be the committed professionals that our government needs. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org A time of change and new opportunities Career employees are the key to keeping the government running during --- and after --- the transition to the next Obama administration November 30, 2012 FCW.COM 7 FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy SENIOR WRITER Matthew Weigelt STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Camille Tuutti CONTRIBUTING WRITER John Moore CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNERS Biswarup Bhattacharjee, Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCT MANAGER William Winton EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL INTERN Emily L. Cole PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jeffrey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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