By Dan Blair, President of the National Academy of Public Administration
On behalf of the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy), we are pleased to welcome you to Academy's Transition 2016 website. This website serves as a central repository for all products and news associated with the Academy's Transition efforts, intended to inform incoming national leaders about the policy and management challenges facing the nation.
The website has several key objectives:
1. To share current discussions about improving the Presidential transition process. We hope to serve as a forum for this important discussion.
2. To produce a series of recommendations, memoranda, profiles, and discussions outlining the policy and management challenges and recommending solutions. This will represent a consensus of the best thinking by public management practitioners and researchers across the country.
3. To focus on both Presidential and Congressional positions, reflecting the joint ownership of problems and solutions for major challenges.
The impetus for this project came from a series of previous initiatives, beginning in 2000. That year, a set of memoranda were written to the President, advising him on a variety issues facing the nation, which eventually culminated into a book entitled, “Memos to the President.” In 2012, the Academy, in partnership with the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), issued 27 memoranda to the prepare the incoming Administration (should there have been a new one) for how to most effectively deal with the management and policy challenges it will face.
With the 2016 Presidential Campaign on the horizon, leaders of this project felt that the complex problems and issues facing the Nation called for bringing together the substantial institutional knowledge of Academy Fellows, ASPA members, and scholars and practioners from across the country. With this knowledge, the Academy can inform candidates and elected officials about the major management and budget challenges facing a new administration and Congress.
The process began with the establishment of a steering committee, coordinated by Academy Fellows Ed DeSeve and David Chu. Mr. DeSeve and Dr. Chu bring to the table years of experience as high ranking political appointees in both Democratic and Republican administrations. The steering committee is ultimately responsible for overseeing all activities operating within the Academy's Transition 2016 initiative, including:
- Four T16 Panels
- Advising Leaders
- Political Appointee Project
- American University's Transition Forum Series