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Most read posts for the past 7 days… and CJD recommendations

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So I launched the DorobekInsider somewhat quietly in September — I was between jobs at the time — and it has been growing well, thank you very much. Actually, thanks to you. This site has been growing by double-digit percentages week after week. So… thanks for reading.

Most read items on the DorobekInsider for the last week of October 2008:

  1. Navy out with one of the first Web 2.0 policy memos — I should note that on Tuesday, we will have Robert Carey, the CIO of the Department of Navy, on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris
  2. Dee Lee wins ACT/IAC’s prestigious ACT/IAC Mendenhall award
  3. Worth watching — A National Dialogue: OMB taps into the power of us
  4. Mintz’s daughter on The Daily Show — DOT CIO Dan Mintz’s daughter played an undecided voter on The Daily Show. Too funny!
  5. ELC 2008 — the year without Marty… but in the 10.28 update — real progress
  6. Happy birthday to… Karen Evans
  7. IAC’s ELC 2008 — Sunday night: political analyst Charlie Cook
  8. The food of ELC 2008 — Sunday night, Oct. 26
  9. What are the big issues for state and local CIOs — and Web 2.0
  10. Another Oracle buy… this time Haley
  11. Celebrating a happy new (fiscal) year with the next generation
  12. More food from ELC — Monday lunch
  13. A correction… and a even bigger congratulation to Microsoft’s Teresa Carlson
  14. USCG’s Adm. Thad Allen talks government 2.0
  15. Evans offers details on the coming memo defining the CIO
  16. Happy Halloween… by the numbers (Thanks Census)
  17. Oprah thinks the Kindle is great too!

I often list the CJD favorite items for the past week — but, to be honest, you selected most of them too…

Also culling from a week of interviews on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris… a few CJD-favorites.

Coming up this week on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris… There is a little event coming up on Tuesday that you may have heard about. We’re going to continue covering those issues… and Federal News Radio’s tracking the transition series kicks into high gear.

Other conversations in the days ahead:

  • The Navy’s government 2.0 policy… We’ll talk to the Navy CIO Robert Carey on Tuesday
  • Transition… We’ll talk to John Kaminsky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government and a blogger about the transition… what will he be watching for? We’ll talk to him Monday.
  • A Salute to the Troops… we’ll talk to Microsoft’s Curt Kolcun, who has been heading up A Salute to the Troops.
  • Oracle’s government view… We’re going to talk to Oracle exec Anthony Lye — who is also my brother-in-law. As I posted here earlier, Oracle recently had another company purchase — this time in the government world. But Lye is also been in the forefront of evolving role of customer relationship management software. Any guess who is the biggest user of CRM software out there?
  • And ongoing coverage of the election and transition… and what it will mean for you. As we say, stay tuned.

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November 2, 2008 at 2:11 PM

The first take at leadership in a new Obama or McCain administration

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We’re in the final hours of the 2008 vote — a campaign that seems to have gone on and on and on… Much of my family lives in California, and they often say, ‘It must be so exciting to be ground zero of this election.’ Of course, as DC people know, the election actually is an outside the beltway event — very little of it happens here. But come Wednesday, Nov. 5, that’s when it gets very busy here in DC and for months to come as all the preparations for “transition” come to fruition.

Federal News Radio has been “tracking the transition” for months — and we will for months more. And there are others who are now covering the transition more actively. DC journalism blog Fishbowl DC got their hands on a memo from the WP saying that the paper is going to step up its coverage of the transition and feds. It would be a thrilling change. That being said, the Washington Post used to own Government Computer News and, in my humble opinion, just never got it. That being said, I think it is a very important topic — it’s my career — so I welcome the Post stepping up its coverage., the start-up Hill newspaper which has become one of my favorite reads, has done two pieces looking at who might be the big cheeses in the new administrations. I’ve picked the ones that I found interesting, but… I have links to Politico’s full lists for Obama and McCain.

The big seats to fill — and quickly — are the jobs of chief of staff, Treasury Secretary — there is a slight economic issue going on — and Defense Secretary — there are two wars going on.

An Obama administration

OK, I know there seems to be some push back with people feeling almost ticked that the projections seems to indicate that we’ll wake up Wednesday morning to President-elect Barack Obama. The fact is that McCain has a much more much more complex path to the White House then Obama does. To me, the fact that McCain is as close as he is… that is just remarkable. Polls won’t matter any more come Tuesday. We’ll know for sure.

So… what might the leadership of an Obama administration look like?

From Politico:

White House chief of staff: Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.); or dark horse candidate Bill Daley, commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton and now an executive with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Defense secretary : Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.); Richard Danzig, Navy secretary under Clinton; John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS and former deputy secretary of defense; President Bush’s incumbent, Robert Gates — would be for at least a year so he wasn’t a lame duck

Treasury secretary: Former Clinton treasury secretaries Larry Summers and Robert Rubin; FDIC Chairwoman Sheila C. Bair; New York Fed President Timothy Geithner, former Treasury under secretary and assistant secretary; former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker

Homeland Security secretary: Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.); William Bratton, Los Angeles police chief and former New York police commissioner; former Rep. Tim Roemer (D-Ind.), a member of the 9/11 Commission; Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.); Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)

and one just fun one…

Secretary of Energy: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)… My comment — not theirs — the energy Terminator?

A McCain administration

Again, from

Previous reports have indicated that McCain’s transition team, headed by former Navy Secretary John Lehman

White House chief of staff: Lehman or longtime McCain aide and speechwriter Mark Salter

Treasury secretary: FedEx founder Fred Smith; former eBay CEO Meg Whitman; Bain Capital co-founder and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; John Thain, former Merrill Lynch CEO and now president of Global Banking, Securities and Wealth Management at Bank of America

Secretary of defense: Lehman; Lieberman; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); current Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Secretary of state: World Bank President and former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick; Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.); former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage

Office of Management and Budget: Former Congressional Budget Office director and campaign adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Written by cdorobek

November 2, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Posted in 2008 Vote, Executive