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Imagine a company that has to fire and hire 3,000 key employees every four or eight years. That is exactly what the next president will have to do, and a Vanderbilt professor is calling the current presidential transition of power when it comes to appointees “crazy.”
“Would you invest your retirement in a company that replaces its top 3,000 executives or the equivalent proportion every four or eight years?” asks David Lewis, professor of political science and chair of the department.
Lewis, who has written two books, Presidents and the Politics of Agency Design and The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance, says, “The current system builds in instability and inefficiency, and needs to be transformed into a personnel system designed for a modern organization.”
Lewis also says:
Lewis has also conducted a massive survey of federal executives that showed a desperate need for civil service reform. Read more about the Survey on the Future of Government Service here.
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