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Government Transition Guide

Government Transition Guide

Kyle Stone | Editor

At the beginning of a new presidential administration, the incoming President makes a series of high-level changes which gives us a pretty good idea of what changes we’ll be seeing over the next four years. Do you have questions about what types of changes Obama has been making, or wonder what the changes will mean for somebody like you?

This guide offers in-depth information on the changes we’ll be seeing when the Obama administration assumes office on Jan. 20th, 2009. We try to answer the following questions, among many others:

- What effect will the transition have on job seekers?
- Who will be the key players in Obama’s new administration?
- Where will job growth be created?
- Where can I read more about these changes?

1. Transition: Hottest Jobs, Majors and Agencies

After President-Elect Barack Obama gave his Acceptance Speech, Kathryn Troutman immediately began to analyze his recently published “Blueprint for Change: Obama and Biden’s Plan for America”. Kathryn created a step-by-step guide to the Obama administration’s plans to create future jobs, and points towards the college majors and industry training which are going to be extremely useful for 2009’s government job seekers.

Troutman’s analysis should not be missed: it offers expert advice on where we should expect to see real growth, and where we won’t. Use this guide to form your own job hunting strategies.

2. Explosive Growth in Government Jobs

Are you searching for a career where you can have real impact on America’s economic and political future? If so, you should already be considering government jobs. With thousands of different careers to choose from, the government sector offers something for everyone – especially since the US government is looking to hire more employees at a rapid pace.

There is no better time to start hunting for jobs – yet I am the first to admit that job searching can be a laborious, frustrating, and time-intensive process. We took a closer look at three fields which are sure to grow be a strong focus for the Obama administration: energy, health care, and homeland security.

3. Obama Plans Could Shake Up Federal Workforce

If President-elect Barack Obama makes good on his campaign promises, the federal government may be headed for a major shakeup, including the reassignment of many middle-managers, a sharp reduction in the number of outside contracts, and new performance standards for workers.

Obama’s governing document, “Blueprint for Change,” contains dozens of proposals that, if put into effect, would ripple through the 1.8 million federal workforce and every department and agency. He has also vowed to order a line-by-line review of the federal budget to weed out ineffective programs.

4. Presidential Transition and Inauguration

The U.S. Presidential Transition is under way as the federal government gets ready for President-Elect Barack Obama’s move into the White House on January 20.

How familiar are you with the process which takes place during an administrative transition? Have you been following Obama’s cabinet choices and staffing decisions? Did you know that Obama maintains a blog, and also is currently hiring people to fill non-career jobs as he launches his presidency? Use this guide to understand it all.

5. Healing the Economy: The Obama-Biden Plan

Obama has worked incredibly quickly to launch Change.gov, a website managed under the Presidential Transition Project, which chronicles his transition into power, and solicits ideas from the public.

The document begins: “Our country faces its most serious economic crisis since the great depression.” Read about Obama’s plan to make our recession a thing of the past.


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