Keeping the Nation Safe Through the Presidential Transition, Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 18, 2008 [open pdf - 16MB]
From the testimony of Elaine Duke: "The Department's transition efforts have garnered a great deal of attention and we have been busy ensuring a seamless transition will occur. We are reviewing and making changes to our internal processes. We are preparing briefing and confirmation materials for the incoming Administration. We are conducting training and exercises to ensure the current leadership is in place, is prepared for any threat. We are focused on change management and communicating our plans to employees, our partners in industry, and government partners on the International, Federal, State, and local level. We are also working with stakeholders and partners outside the Department in respect to security clearances, exercises, and interagency coordination. We are working with the members of this panel here to ensure that we keep the right focus both in planning and execution of our transition activities. Our transition efforts actually began in the spring of 2007. By this time last year, we had begun identifying critical positions and senior career civil servants who will assume responsibility during the time of transition." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank Chellino, Patricia McGinnis, John Rollins, Senator Akaka, and Senator Voinovich.
S. Hrg. 110-852; Senate Hearing 110-852
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