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Senior staff as follows;

 

Chris Lu - Executive Director Dan Pfeiffer

 

Communications Director Stephanie Cutter

 

Chief Spokesperson Cassandra Butts

 

General Counsel Jim Messina

 

Personnel Director Patrick Gaspard

 

Associate Personnel Director Christine Varney

 

Personnel Counsel Melody Barnes

 

Co-Director of Agency Review Lisa Brown

 

Co-Director of Agency Review Phil Schiliro

 

Director of Congressional Relations Michael Strautmanis

 

Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs Katy Kale

 

Director of Operations Brad Kiley

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forgot to add this part (sorry about that).

 

The President elects transition team will be known as "Obama-Biden Transition Project" a non-profit

501-c.

 

<Just wanted to be technical about it.>

 

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Hey folks! I want to tell you some thing.

 

The reason I went after your group "The democrats" on posting white house telephone numbers online

when my group was in power; It was not just because you democrats would heckle my group "The Republicans", but also if your group "The democrats" made it back to the white house that you would NOT receive the same treatment as my group DID.

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Thanks Human,

 

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/

 

The latest edition is the November 2004.

 

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/2004/index.html

 

Obama's official transition web site is:

 

http://www.change.gov

 

The site is not accessible to the general public.

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This is what I find.

 

MEMORANDUM FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORS

 

 

FROM:

Kevin E. Mahoney

Associate Director, HCLMSA

 

Subject:

2008 Plum Book Update

 

 

I am writing to provide you with an updated schedule for the 2008 Plum Book activities. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has the primary responsibility for gathering and delivering data on over 7,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment. This publication is commonly known as the “Plum Book.” I know your staff has been working diligently on updates and corrections to your Agency’s information in the Executive Service and Schedule C (ESCS) System. Before July 22, 2008, OPM will be performing a transfer of agency data, using June 30, 2008, as the cutoff, to the Plum Book modules of the ESCS System. Agencies will then be granted access to the Plum Book modules in order to review and approve their information for inclusion in the Plum Book. You should confirm your agency’s Executive Resources staff has provided the necessary information to OPM to be granted access to the Plum Book modules.

 

In the next several days, you will receive passwords and instructions for accessing your agency’s Plum Book data. Beginning July 22, 2008, through August 29, 2008, agencies will have the opportunity to review their data for accuracy, and ensure it is in appropriate Plum Book format. It is important you ensure your ESCS and Plum Book staff access and familiarize themselves with the data screens and system capabilities of the Plum Book modules. A copy of the 2004 Plum Book Users Guide is attached for your use.

 

Within the next ten days, we will announce training opportunities to assist agencies in providing the most current and accurate information available. We will be offering training for the Plum Book at two levels of expertise for agency users. The first level will be an open forum and overview briefing held in the OPM Auditorium. OPM’s IT and Executive Resources staff will be available for questions and discussion, and there will also be opportunity for audience participation in demonstrating the system during some of the examples presented. The target audience for this training is current or past users of the ESCS System who are in need of updating their skill.

 

The second level of training will be a one-on-one hands training class delivered in OPM’s training center. We anticipate delivering this training at least twice, and will consider more, if needed. PLEASE NOTE SEATING FOR THIS TRAINING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. The target audience for this training is non-users or beginners with minimal knowledge of the ESCS System.

 

All three of these training sessions will be scheduled for 3 hours in order to allow for participant needs, but may end earlier.

 

If you have any questions, contact Mary A. Lamary, Acting Manager, Executive Resources Services Group at (202) 606-1255 or by email at mary.lamary@opm.gov.

 

Note: The Draft User Manual for the Plum Book System is availble upon request from OPM's Executive Resources Services Group.

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And Obama Transition Team news which comes from outside government sources.

 

http://www.transitionjobs.us/obama-transition-team-news

 

President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden Today Announced its Leadership For the Transition of Administrations

 

Chicago – For the past several months, a board of advisors has been informally planning for a possible presidential transition. Among the many projects undertaken by the transition board have been detailed analyses of previous transition efforts, policy statements made during the campaign, and the workings of federal government agencies, and priority positions that must be filled by the incoming administration.

 

With Barack Obama and Joe Biden's election, this planning process will be now be formally organized as the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a 501©(4) organization to ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next. The work of this entity will be overseen by three co-chairs: John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

 

The co-chairs will be assisted by an advisory board comprised of individuals with significant private and public sector experience: Carol Browner, William Daley, Christopher Edley, Michael Froman, Julius Genachowski, Donald Gips, Governor Janet Napolitano, Federico Peña, Susan Rice, Sonal Shah, Mark Gitenstein, and Ted Kaufman. Gitenstein and Kaufman will serve as co-chairs of Vice President-elect Biden's transition team.

 

Supervising the day-to-day activities of the transition will be:

 

Transition Senior Staff:

 

-- Chris Lu – Executive Director

-- Dan Pfeiffer – Communications Director

-- Stephanie Cutter – Chief Spokesperson

-- Cassandra Butts – General Counsel

-- Jim Messina – Personnel Director

-- Patrick Gaspard – Associate Personnel Director

-- Christine Varney – Personnel Counsel

-- Melody Barnes – Co-Director of Agency Review

-- Lisa Brown – Co-Director of Agency Review

-- Phil Schiliro – Director of Congressional Relations

-- Michael Strautmanis – Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs

-- Katy Kale – Director of Operations

-- Brad Kiley – Director of Operations

 

Additional articles on the Obama Transition Team include:

 

http://thepage.time.com/2008/11/05/obama-t...ransition-team/

 

"Obama Announces Transition Team"

Mark Halperin, The Page Blog

Time November 05, 2008

 

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1108/110508e1.htm

"Obama announces transition team"

GovExec.com November 05, 2008

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/us/polit...agewanted=print

"After a Decisive Victory, Obama Chooses Transition Team as Challenges Loom"

New York Times November 05, 2008

 

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail...ml?hpid=topnews

"Obama Announces Transition Team – and Web Site"

Washington Post November 05, 2008

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PA Presidential Appointment without Senate Confirmation

PAS Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation

 

The letter codes that denote the type of appointment under which the position is categorized.

 

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/index.html

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The American Civil Liberties Union commends the Obama-Biden Transition team for including sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy as it prepares to assume power in January. Although President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 11478, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there are no explicit federal protections from gender identity bias in government hiring.

 

The following may be attributed to Christopher E. Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel:

 

"As the new Administration gears up, it should be focused on hiring the best people for the job. By including sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy, the Obama-Biden transition team makes clear that it will focus on the relevant qualities that actually predict an applicant's success on the job – professional experience, character, skills and education. President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, by explicitly rejecting the bigotry and intolerance of the past, are committing that gay, lesbian, and transgender professionals can serve in government without fear of discrimination. This is a critical next step in securing the basic rights of LGBT community.

 

"The inclusion of gender identity is a bold departure from the past – and it sends a clear message. The ACLU recommends that President-Elect Obama follow up by 1) banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting and 2) urge Congress to pass a gender-identity inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)."

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Office of the President-ELECT"? WTF?

 

I copped a look at this and thought "WTF? What, did he just make this up or something?"

 

Also, if you zoom in a bit, you can just make out that silly-assed faux-Presidential seal that he had on the front of the podium at the campaign rallies where he spoke shortly after becoming the "presumptive nominee" …and you all know how long that lasted.

 

Talk about your arrogance. Talk about your egotism. Can you say "Emperor Jones", kids?

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Now that the elections are behind us, we begin a time of transition. During this time, it is important that all of us continue giving our best efforts to the American people and bringing the dedication and commitment to our jobs that we have brought to them from day one. It is also important that all of us do whatever we can to ensure a smooth transition to the next Administration." – Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, Memo to Component Heads and U.S. Attorneys, Nov. 5, 2008

 

The Department of Justice’s transition activities fully support the Executive Order on Presidential Transition signed by President Bush on October 9, 2008. The Executive Order creates a Presidential Transition Coordinating Council, of which the Attorney General is a member. Attorney General Mukasey designated Brian Benczkowski, Chief of Staff, and Lee Lofthus, Assistant Attorney General for Administration, to lead the Department’s transition activities. The Department’s transition activities began in May.

 

Providing Unprecedented Security, Background Checks and Clearances

 

* Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Management Division’s Security and Emergency Planning staff established a process to provide pre-election security clearances for key transition staff in both campaigns. This unprecedented action will ensure key transition staff can assume their new roles as soon as possible.

* In addition to providing pre-election clearances, the Department is ready to work with the Office of the President-elect in providing security clearances for appointees and staff of the incoming administration.

* The Department’s Security and Emergency Planning staff helps provide 24-hour protection to the Presidential Transition Team headquarters.

 

Maintaining a Continuity of Operations Plan

 

* The Department’s continuity of operations plan (COOP) encompasses both political and career appointees to provide a seamless transition. The Department will continue to ensure that essential positions remain filled throughout the transition, including designations for the Department’s key COOP positions.

 

Ensuring for a Smooth National Security Transition

 

* Department national security and FBI personnel are working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIA and other intelligence agencies to provide daily national security briefings to select transition personnel.

 

Identifying Career Officials to Lead Department

 

* The Department has identified career officials to lead the Department of Justice components after Inauguration Day until the incoming Administration political appointees arrive.

 

Developing Valuable Resource Materials

 

* The Department has developed transition briefing materials for incoming political appointees about the Department’s organizational structure, the financial and budget structure, a human resources overview, and critical topics that the incoming administration will face in its first weeks.

* The Department has prepared briefings on the special hiring and appointment authorities for excepted service attorney personnel. The Department is prepared to brief incoming political appointees from the new Administration as soon as practicable after appointment to ensure the continuity of operations and line of succession.

 

Keeping Department Personnel Apprised of Transition Activities

 

* Senior Justice Management Division officials have been meeting monthly with all Department components to ensure each component is informed of the Department’s transition activities.

 

Providing Office Space for Transition Team

 

* The Department has allocated offices, equipment and conference room space for the transition team.

 

Providing Incoming Administration Transition Support

 

* The Department will provide briefings to new political appointees on a variety of issues, including benefits, classified information handling, records management, ethics, government travel rules and contracting rules.

 

Providing Outgoing Political Appointee Support

 

* The Department’s transition efforts also include providing support for outgoing appointees. Briefings are held for appointees to inform them on a variety of information, including post-employment restrictions, ethics, records management and benefits. And, for the first time, the Department has created a Web site for outgoing political appointees providing them with online access to this information.

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As a hobby I look for the white house telephone numbers online "Just as a hobby", My latest find , and I did get the numbers pulled from online which one of them was THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DIRECT NUMBER.

 

I'm honestly thinking of charging you guys for my time.....................................

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Now that the elections are behind us, we begin a time of transition. During this time, it is important that all of us continue giving our best efforts to the American people and bringing the dedication and commitment to our jobs that we have brought to them from day one. It is also important that all of us do whatever we can to ensure a smooth transition to the next Administration." – Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, Memo to Component Heads and U.S. Attorneys, Nov. 5, 2008

 

The Department of Justice’s transition activities fully support the Executive Order on Presidential Transition signed by President Bush on October 9, 2008. The Executive Order creates a Presidential Transition Coordinating Council, of which the Attorney General is a member. Attorney General Mukasey designated Brian Benczkowski, Chief of Staff, and Lee Lofthus, Assistant Attorney General for Administration, to lead the Department’s transition activities. The Department’s transition activities began in May.

 

Providing Unprecedented Security, Background Checks and Clearances

 

* Under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Management Division’s Security and Emergency Planning staff established a process to provide pre-election security clearances for key transition staff in both campaigns. This unprecedented action will ensure key transition staff can assume their new roles as soon as possible.

* In addition to providing pre-election clearances, the Department is ready to work with the Office of the President-elect in providing security clearances for appointees and staff of the incoming administration.

* The Department’s Security and Emergency Planning staff helps provide 24-hour protection to the Presidential Transition Team headquarters.

 

Maintaining a Continuity of Operations Plan

 

* The Department’s continuity of operations plan (COOP) encompasses both political and career appointees to provide a seamless transition. The Department will continue to ensure that essential positions remain filled throughout the transition, including designations for the Department’s key COOP positions.

 

Ensuring for a Smooth National Security Transition

 

* Department national security and FBI personnel are working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIA and other intelligence agencies to provide daily national security briefings to select transition personnel.

 

Identifying Career Officials to Lead Department

 

* The Department has identified career officials to lead the Department of Justice components after Inauguration Day until the incoming Administration political appointees arrive.

 

Developing Valuable Resource Materials

 

* The Department has developed transition briefing materials for incoming political appointees about the Department’s organizational structure, the financial and budget structure, a human resources overview, and critical topics that the incoming administration will face in its first weeks.

* The Department has prepared briefings on the special hiring and appointment authorities for excepted service attorney personnel. The Department is prepared to brief incoming political appointees from the new Administration as soon as practicable after appointment to ensure the continuity of operations and line of succession.

 

Keeping Department Personnel Apprised of Transition Activities

 

* Senior Justice Management Division officials have been meeting monthly with all Department components to ensure each component is informed of the Department’s transition activities.

 

Providing Office Space for Transition Team

 

* The Department has allocated offices, equipment and conference room space for the transition team.

 

Providing Incoming Administration Transition Support

 

* The Department will provide briefings to new political appointees on a variety of issues, including benefits, classified information handling, records management, ethics, government travel rules and contracting rules.

 

Providing Outgoing Political Appointee Support

 

* The Department’s transition efforts also include providing support for outgoing appointees. Briefings are held for appointees to inform them on a variety of information, including post-employment restrictions, ethics, records management and benefits. And, for the first time, the Department has created a Web site for outgoing political appointees providing them with online access to this information.

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This time around all of you get to see how a transition plays out.

I call it "ORDERED PANIC".

 

 

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http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=381...c=AME&s=TOP

White, Flournoy To Lead DoD Transition Team

By JOHN T. BENNETT

Published: 12 Nov 21:22 EST (02:22 GMT)

 

President-elect Barack Obama has tapped John White and Michèle Flournoy, who have collectively held a handful of senior defense and federal posts, to head up the group that will oversee transition tasks at the Pentagon.

 

The president-elect's transition office announced Nov. 12 that its defense transition team is expected to begin work at the Pentagon by the end of this week. The same goes for teams dedicated to other federal agencies.

Neither leader of the defense "review team," as the Obama transition office calls it, is new to the Pentagon.

 

White is a veteran of the last two Democratic administrations, having served for two years as deputy defense secretary under the Clinton administration. During the Carter administration, White was assistant secretary of defense for manpower, reserve affairs and logistics and then deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Flournoy held two posts simultaneously during the Clinton administration: principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction and deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy.

 

The transition office also announced that another Clinton administration veteran, Sarah Sewall, will be involved with transfer of power efforts at all U.S. national security agencies. She was the first deputy assistant secretary of defense for peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. Sewall also was worked for six years for former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a Maine Democrat, as his senior foreign policy advisor.

 

"The agency review teams will complete a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the United States government, as well as the White House, to provide the president-elect, vice president-elect, and key advisors with information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration," the president-elect's transition office said in a Nov. 12 statement.

 

"The teams will begin their efforts by the end of the week, and will ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in," according to the statement.

 

Currently, White, a Marine Corps veteran, is chair of the Kennedy School of Government's Middle East Initiative at Harvard University. Flournoy, a former member of the Defense Policy Board, is president of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank she recently co-founded.

According to the statement, Sewall is on "part-time leave" from the Kennedy School at Harvard, where she is a professor, as well as the faculty director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

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This time around all of you get to see how a transition plays out.

I call it "ORDERED PANIC".

 

There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bush and Obama teams with regards to people, budget information, policy issues and intelligence. But, that does not mean the transition will go smoothly as McCain's team. Experience of who you know really plays out during this period.

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I wish right now I could do The Smile that "Jaws" does in those 007 movies. It still makes me laugh

Every time I picture that guy smiling "so funny".

 

 

People really should try bigger lures when they go fishing.

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It's unreal; I've never seen the amount of dignitaries that are going to be pouring into this town for the inauguration at this level before.

 

I hope that some of you have already called your respective congressman/Women for this event.

Some of the tickets ARE set aside for the general public, but they are costly.

 

If they are not sold out by now?

 

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I am sure all sides want what is best for our country. I am sure Obama's team will have all positions filled weeks before the inauguration. I find it interesting that everyone is dissecting every movement President elect Obama is making.
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The President Elect of the USA is already backpeddling at a very high speed...

 

because now he has much information as to why the USA did this or why the USA did that..

 

and now he is taking second thoughts..

 

all is not as simple as they said it was...

 

no need to take my word for it..

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Obama Stops Short of Strict Ban on Lobbyists

 

As part of the "most open and transparent" presidential transition in history, President-elect Barack Obama will bar lobbyists with conflicts of interest from working to help install the Illinois Democrat in the White House, his team announced today.

 

The ethics rules, designed to prohibit lobyists from advising the transition team on issues they have worked on recently, were announced by the Obama transition team's co-chairman, John Podesta, during an afternoon press conference, The Fix's Chris Cillizza reports.

 

Still, the rules fall short of the tough talk Obama doled out regarding lobbyists on the campaign trail, including that lobbyists don't represent "real America."

 

During a speech last November in Spartanburg, S.C., Obama said: "I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race. I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

 

The transition team will have an estimated $12 million budget and a staff of about 450 people, Bloomberg reports. Around $5.2 million will come from federal appropriations and the rest from private sources, Podesta said, but contributions will be limited to $5,000 and political action committee money won't be accepted. Obama's transition team has begun working in an office space in downtown Washington provided by the General Services Administration, The Hill reports.

 

The new ethics rules, while not a strict decree against lobbyists, will be a sign of things to come, according to The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: "There is not a blanket ban on federal lobbyists playing a role in the administration, Podesta said, but noted that there will be strict guidance on what role they can play."

 

There is some skepticism about Obama's K Street limits and his transition team's movements.

 

Jeanne Cummings of Politico said lobbyists received "mixed signals" from the Obama camp about whether they could get a job in his administration.

 

"Many were surprised to hear on the final weekend of the campaign that they actually can get a posting in the Obama White House," Cummings wrote. "They just won't get jobs related to an issue they advocated for on Capitol Hill."

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