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Advice for career feds on informing and adjusting to the new administration.

Presidential transitions don’t begin when the election ends or a losing candidate concedes. They start months earlier (at least under ordinary circumstances). Nor do they end with the inauguration of a new president. 

Particularly for career federal employees, the real work starts when a new president and his team take charge and begin the process of learning how things really work and communicating their own priorities. It can be a delicate dance.  

In 2008, Alan Balutis, a former federal executive with more than 30 years of government experience who is now senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems Public Sector, compiled a series of articles with advice for federal managers and executives on dealing with a new administration. They have stood the test of time, so we present them again as the Biden administration prepares to take over the reins of government. 

Do’s and Dont’s

Top tips for career managers on working with the new administration.

Mars and Venus

A former career executive advises current advises current execs on successfully courting political appointees.

Two Schools of Thought

What incoming political appointees are thinking—and what should be on the minds of career executives.

What Appointees Want

Advice from a veteran of government service who served two stints as a political appointee.