Author Archive

Mark A. Abramson

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How New Agency Leaders Can Get Off to a Successful Start

Whether you’re a new appointee or a career executive starting a new assignment, take some advice from your predecessors.

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After Confirmation: The Golden Hour for Political Appointees

What senior leaders should expect and how they can make the most of the opportunity they’ve been given.

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Reflections on Public Service During a Pandemic

A conversation with Paul Lawrence, the former Under Secretary for Benefits at the Veterans Affairs Department.

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The Deputy Secretary: Linchpin to Making Government Work

Sixteen former deputy secretaries share insights about a critical—but often ambiguous—job.

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What to do Between Nomination and Confirmation: Insights for Political Appointees

Interviews with dozens of previous officeholders offer guidance for handling what can be a very difficult period.

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Waiting for a Call From the Biden Team With a Job Offer?

The new administration will be filling thousands of jobs. There’s only one reason to say yes, but many to say no.

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While Biden’s Cabinet Is Important, Watch the Sub-Cabinet

The skills and background needed for managerial positions are significantly different than those for policy positions.

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Whoever Wins the Election, There Will Be a Transition

A veteran of previous transitions offers program implementation strategies for a new administration—whether that’s Trump’s 2nd term or a Biden presidency.

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History Does Repeat Itself: Lessons from the Polio Vaccine

Creating a safe vaccine is one thing; distributing it fairly and effectively is an altogether different challenge.

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When Government Does Not Work: A Primer

A new book chronicles the Trump administration’s efforts to upend the U.S. immigration system.

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The Challenge of Managing Up

What’s interesting about Gen. Jim Mattis’ new book is not his views on leading others, but his discussion of his frustration with bosses above him.

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Four Leadership Takeaways from Ash Carter

The former Defense secretary has important advice for both political and career executives.

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Going to the Moon: Reflections on a Government Success Story 50 Years Later

“The real heroes of Project Apollo were public servants,” says historian Douglas Brinkley.

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You Don’t Need Leadership Training to Lead

An interview with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the nature of leadership.

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How To Be Successful in the Trump Administration: Four Lessons From Previous Political Appointees

The average wait time between nomination and confirmation is three months—use it wisely.

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Needed: A New Approach for Onboarding Political Appointees

A new administration promises big changes. It should start with the process for preparing new leaders for success.

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Your Guide to a Presidential Appointment in the Next Administration

What you need to know about the approximately 1,100 jobs the next president will fill.

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Avoiding a Government of Lawyers and Former Congressional Staffers

The next president must look beyond the usual suspects to put together a truly diverse administration.