From the December issue of Government Executive : Officials are taking unprecedented steps to ensure a smooth transfer of power.
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President-elect says he will promote "free and open inquiry" and listen to his advisers, even when they are presenting "inconvenient" findings.
The president-elect is versed in the rules of the chamber and has developed relationships there.
Move will give incoming Obama administration agency heads a say in who advances to the Senior Executive Service.
Deputy Secretary Gordon England has outlined the responsibilities of the position, which will go to an Obama appointee.
Officials are optimistic the government will hit a target of reducing processing times for most initial requests to 60 days by the end of 2009.
Former top procurement official faced charges for lying about his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Service officials are undecided on final location and leader for Global Strike Command when it becomes permanent in late 2009.
Obama wants lower-level officials in place as early as possible after Jan. 20.
Business representatives are wary of Rep. Hilda Solis' support of priorities like "card check" legislation to make it easier to form a union, but said immigration could be an area of common ground.