Leading in the Last Two Years of an Administration

With only two years remaining for the Obama administration, it might be easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to assume they are in a lame-duck situation and can't get much done.

The truth is that agencies can accomplish a great deal in the next 24 months, according to Edward Montgomery, the dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Montgomery was a former official in the Clinton and Obama administrations and part of the faculty for the Partnership for Public Service's "Ready to Govern" political-appointee leadership program.

In an interview, Montgomery said it is essential for politically appointed leaders to establish a set of realistic priorities and expectations and to make it clear that "the people's business" will continue until the very last day of the administration.

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This post was originally featured on The Washington Post's website.