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Where Sequestration, Mars and Political Transition Meet

Beth McGrath, DoD's Deputy Chief Management Officer, spoke about innovation at Excellence in Government Live.  Beth McGrath, DoD's Deputy Chief Management Officer, spoke about innovation at Excellence in Government Live. Photo by Caitlin Fairchild

There's only one place where, in one day, you'll get a behind the scenes look at the landing of Curiosity, tips for navigating the political transition, and insight into what's coming with sequestration. And Excellence in Government Live, on Sept. 6, was that place. If you missed Excellence in Government Live, you're in luck--Excellence in Government Digital is now online. 

A free video library of all the keynotes and panel experts at the conference, Excellence in Government Digital contains valuable tips, techniques and perspective for every federal manager trying to navigate the complexity of transition. Highlights include: 

Doug McCuistion, NASA Director of the Mars Exploration Program. McCuistion offered a behind the scenes look at how NASA pulled off the landing of Curiosity--and shared never before released photos straight from the surface of Mars. 

Strategies for Navigating Transition: What to Expect After the Election. A panel of former transition experts discuss key strategies for navigating the upcoming leadership turnover - regardless of the outcome in November. The all-star panel included: 

  • Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director for Management and Budget, OMB
  • RADM John Action, Executive Director of Leader Development, DHS
  • Pat McGinnis, Former President of the Council for Excellence in Government

Gautam Mukunda, Author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter. Mukunda provides a fresh look at how and when individual leaders really can make a difference by looking at the leadership traits of past and current presidents. 

Click to see all the videos from Excellence in Government Live at

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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