PRESS RELEASE from the Partnership for Public Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2008
Contact: Sarah Howe
PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE STATEMENT APPLAUDING SENATOR OBAMA FOR PLANNING AHEAD TO TRANSITION
Read Excerpts from Open Letter to the Candidates on Transition Recommendations
“The Partnership for Public Service applauds Sen. Obama for announcing that he is forming a transition team. It’s essential to shore up the vulnerabilities to our nation that inevitably occur during transitions and it is unrealistic to believe that our new President will be ready to govern on day one without aggressively preparing for that possibility today. We look forward to working with both campaigns on their transition planning and their government management reform agendas,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO.
In an open letter to Senators Obama and McCain from Stier and News Corp. Executive VP Gary Ginsberg, published in The Wall Street Journal on July 17, the candidates were pushed to start their transition plans now, instead of "treating transition planning like a championship trophy they're afraid to touch."
The letter called for the candidates to plan now for “how you will govern after the election when you have some 4,000 posts to fill.” It also noted that, “with two ongoing wars, the threat of terrorism, a flagging economy and only 77 days between the election and the inaugural – the decisions—or lack of decisions—you make today may well determine whether your presidency is successful.”
The letter called on Obama and McCain to do three things to ensure that if elected their presidencies get off to the right start, excerpted from The Wall Street Journal below:
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