Presidential Transition: A Weblog by the IBM Center for the Business of Government [website]   [open html - 105KB]

"The IBM Center launched this blog in April 2007 to spark a dialogue on the 2008-2009 Presidential Transition and to identify the toughest management challenges facing future government leaders. As background to this on-line dialog, the IBM Center sponsored two thought leadership forums, one in 2005 and the other in 2006, to explore these issues. Drs. Donald Kettl and Steve Kelman shared their insights with the forums. We subsequently published them as 'Reflections on 21st Century Government Management.' Dr. Kettl's essay was the lead discussion piece for the first forum, held at the Aspen Institute near Queenstown, Maryland in June 2005. His essay posits that changing boundaries - between levels of government, between public and private sectors, and between the US and other countries - are profoundly influencing how the federal government works. He says that the next president will face very different challenge than when the current president took office. He observed that the next president must address three management issues to be successful: Address the imperative to create knowledge-driven agencies; Create the capacity for government to respond to the increase in non-routine problems, like terrorism, hurricanes, or health emergencies; Respond to the growing need for non-hierarchical solutions to public problems."

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