Memo calls for openness and transparency from federal agencies.
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Agriculture chief says he will take his time in filling the positions.
Cooperation between Bush and Obama transition officials was at the “high end” of the scale, participant tells Government Executive .
Defense continues to dominate the biennial catalog of management challenges, which now contains 30 entries.
Among early agenda items is a directive dealing with the ethics of his appointees.
Gen. Peter Chiarelli expressed concern over the service's ability to deploy more troops to Afghanistan.
Texas lawmaker says Obama pick for attorney general is "ambigious" on whether he will prosecute Bush officials for conducting torture.
White House staff subject to strict rules on gifts, interaction with lobbyists; civil servants face more scrutiny as well.
Officials plan to make final selections by the end of June, after considering criteria such as resident nuclear expertise and bandwidth capacity.
The GOP is a party in danger of cannibalizing itself.