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FCW : November 30, 2012
November 30, 2012 FCW.COM 19 mary with the highlights of the program on top can entice them to read the rest of the material," Evans said. "If you were to be con rmed and you got 15 binders, that would be a little overwhelming. They can go through and read the background when they have time, but you want the salient points of your program to be understood." Step 2: Maintain continuity While it is likely that new leaders will bring new priori- ties and even complete reversals of direction, the job of career employees is to keep doing what they re doing until they re told otherwise. The transition veterans FCW interviewed said ongoing projects need to continue at full speed. Obama and his advisers will map out priori- ties for his second term in due time, but until then, work needs to go on. "Many existing programs don t rely on day-to-day leader- ship by political people," said Sandra Bates, former com- missioner of GSA s Federal Technology Service and now an executive consultant at Topside Consulting Group. "You ve got things to do, plans to make. Keep going. If you stop and wait, you re wasting time and losing ground." Although managers should be ready and have their own transition plans in place, nothing changes until the new leadership says it does. And even then, not everything will "I WOULD NOT GIVE THEM MY OPINIONS [BECAUSE] THAT CAN GET YOU INTO TROUBLE." --- BOB SUDA, SUDA AND ASSOCIATES CRITICAL READ: Second-term staf ng What: The Of ce of Personnel Management's "Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resources Management" outlines how to deal with incoming and outgoing administration employees. Why: President Barack Obama will remain in the White House for another term, but his administration will see several leadership changes at the highest levels and plenty of churn among political staff that extends deep into agencies. This guide covers the structure and types of federal jobs, including Senior Executive Service and the various Schedule positions. For those interested in appointed positions, the book details which slots are subject to change. For managers, it explains rules for recruiting, reassigning and removing both SES and political personnel. OPM's book also covers ethical standards for appointees --- both when they enter government service and when they leave. Full report: CHCOC.gov VERBATIM: "Presidential appointees are among the executives subject to change in a new administration. However, a former SES career appointee who was appointed by the president to a civil service position outside the SES...is entitled by law to be reinstated."
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