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What Romney Would Have Said to Federal Employees

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Taegan Goddard of Political Wire managed to catch a glimpse of Mitt Romney's official transition website in the brief period it went live before it was shut down. It provides a peek at what might have been, especially as regards the people who work for the federal government, or might have wanted to join a Romney administration. 

Let's start with the site's tagline: "Smaller, Simpler, Smarter" -- presumably a reference to the federal establishment, and the government workforce, given Romney's promise to scale back operations and cut the employment rolls through attrition.

That's balanced, though, by a prominently placed quote from Romney lauding the people who've worked under him: "Whatever success we were able to enjoy in business, at the Winter Olympic Games and in the State of Massachusetts is a tribute to the thousands of talented and committed men and women who served at every level of the organization."

The site also addresses potential Romney political appointees. "One of President-elect Romney's top priorities," it says, "is to select men and women of the greatest ability and highest ethical and professional integrity to serve in policy-making and key administrative positions in his administration."

Landing such a job, the site says, would be "an honor and a privilege. However, government service is not for everyone."

Among the factors would-be appointees should consider, the Romney team warned:

  • "The hours are long and the pace is intense."
  • "There is much public/press scrutiny, as you would expect in an open, democratic form of government such as ours."
  • "Most applicants under serious consideration for an appointment will go through a full FBI background check in which their employment, professional, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and educational histories will be reviewed and scrutinized."

(Hat tip: Mashable)

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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