By Martha Joynt Kumar, Terry Sullivan
With info masking six administrations and interviews with seventy-five former senior White condominium officers in addition to with President Gerald Ford, the White condominium Interview application proved a major source for the hot occupants of the West Wing.
The White residence international gathers and digests our fabric supplied to incoming White condominium employees. Its person chapters comprise a veritable “how to” handbook: details at the dynamics of White condominium operations; the capabilities of 7 severe White condominium workplaces; and the particular transition of President Bush.
This particular quantity describes what it truly is wish to paintings within the White House—details recognized to few operating outdoors Pennsylvania street. It additionally positive factors association charts for the places of work analyzed, the 1st finished examine how varied administrations have established those workplaces. Plus, in a last part, students and Bush management insiders offer short perspectives of George W. Bush’s distinct transition into office.
In addition to Professors Kumar and Sullivan, students contributing to the amount comprise: Peri E. Arnold, MaryAnne Borrelli, John P. Burke, George C. Edwards III, John Fortier, Karen Hult, Nancy Kassop, John H. Kessel, G. Calvin Mackenzie, Norman Ornstein, Bradley H. Patterson, Jr., James P. Pfiffner, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Charles Walcott, Shirley Anne Warshaw, Stephen J. Wayne. within the part at the Bush transition, we even have an essay by means of a transition insider. Clay Johnson, government Director of the Bush-Cheney Transition and now director of the White condo place of work of Presidential body of workers, presents a point of view at the transition of 1 who used to be there and inquisitive about judgements on the subject of the beginning up of the administration.
For these attracted to the functioning of the Presidency—whether political actors, observers, or scholars-this e-book is a must have. It tells the true tale of who does what, who is familiar with what, and the way chosen White apartment places of work function.
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Convincing the congressional leadership to work with the new president is a task that begins early with the campaign advisers in policy areas informally discussing agendas with the leaders of their party in one or both houses. Once the election is over, the legislative affairs director sets the stage for the preliminary discussions. Conclusion An appearance of arrogance associated with planning for governing stops most presumptive presidential nominees from organizing their plans for the transition to power until well after the summer conventions.
Since so much of the preparation for the selection of appointees takes place during the transition, past practice has demonstrated there are strong advantages to having the person who later heads the Ofﬁce of Presidential Personnel be the one who sets up the process during the transition. In the cases of both Pendleton James and Chase Untermeyer, who headed personnel for Presidents Reagan and Bush for approximately the ﬁrst two years of each administration, their early involvement in the process led to a smooth transition into the White House with no time lost following the inauguration.
Clinton would not settle on the appointment of his chief of staff until midDecember, and a number of top staff members were not selected until a week before inauguration day. In the absence of staff-personnel decisions, little could be done to ﬁgure out how “people” could be organized into an effective “process” that could ﬂesh out campaign promises into concrete and politically feasible policy proposals. But Clinton does not stand alone in his troubles. Jimmy Carter wanted a leaner, more collegial White House staff than had been the case during the Nixon years, and he wanted a more signiﬁcant role for his cabinet.