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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