Get a Life

By Judith Welles

Blog archive

Get a Life!: Transition planning?

We’re past Labor Day, kids are in school, and the fiscal year is ending. Wrapping up the year takes a lot of effort, and so does preparing for the coming change in government leadership.

With major campaigning revving up after the conventions, I continue to think, or perhaps hope, that somewhere in government, folks are gearing up for the transition time to a new administration.

I asked an agency Webmaster whether he had heard anything about going digital for transition briefing materials. “That’s a great idea,” he said. But the Webmaster noted that not only had he heard nothing about using technology for briefing presentations, he also had heard nothing at all about any transition planning. He recalled someone saying there might be a possible meeting in a week or two to discuss it, but he wasn’t sure.

So I ask again, will agencies be dusting off and using those bulky notebook-style briefing books or will there be any use of any technology beyond the old PowerPoint standby?

Some of you would rather not think about this because you are counting down the days to your retirement from government at the end of the year. If you are thinking about retirement, you should be checking with your human resources office about the steps you need to take now.

For those of you planning to be here next year, a transition offers an opportunity for IT staffs to get creative, not necessarily with pretty graphics, but with modern high-tech ways of presenting information. What are some of those ways you’d like to see? Or is everyone too busy right now to think about anything beyond September?

Posted by Judith Welles on Sep 04, 2008 at 12:13 PM


    sensor network (agsandrew/

    Are agencies really ready for EIS?

    The telecom contract has the potential to reinvent IT infrastructure, but finding the bandwidth to take full advantage could prove difficult.

  • People
    Dave Powner, GAO

    Dave Powner audits the state of federal IT

    The GAO director of information technology issues is leaving government after 16 years. On his way out the door, Dave Powner details how far govtech has come in the past two decades and flags the most critical issues he sees facing federal IT leaders.

  • FCW Illustration.  Original Images: Shutterstock, Airbnb

    Should federal contracting be more like Airbnb?

    Steve Kelman believes a lighter touch and a bit more trust could transform today's compliance culture.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.