Robert Maranto

Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership at the University of Arkansas, and served in the federal government in the 1990s.
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Here Come the New Appointees: 6 Ways to Smooth the Transition

November 4, 2016 The next wave of political appointees is almost at the gates. In just three months, roughly 3,000 of them will begin to assume their new roles. Between an onerous vetting process, controversy about past actions and statements, and a sometimes reluctant Senate (about 550 positions—way too many—require confirmation), it typically...

Getting Acquainted

September 2, 2009 Ever so slowly, they're coming. By the end of the year, most of them will have arrived at a federal agency near you. Seven months after President Obama took office, more than a third of his administration is finally on its way. By the end of August, The Washington Post's...

Politicals Deserve Praise

August 1, 2001 ore than six months into the administration of George W. Bush, the real presidential transition is under way. All across the executive branch's 14 Cabinet departments and 60 independent agencies, hundreds of undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, deputy assistant undersecretaries and their helpers are taking office. The number of political appointees has...