Website of the Week:

Here in the U.S., at long last, we have a new President-Elect. And, for the first time, this means a new presidential transition website. Simple but elegant and still under construction – At the top left, you’ll see a countdown, in days, till the January 20, 2009 inauguration.

The Newsroom is basically a blog of press releases from the new administration that sits front and center on the site. You’ll also find biographies of Barack Obama, the President-Elect, and Joe Biden, the Vice President-Elect. You can watch Obama’s election victory speech in Grant Park, in Chicago.

There are a variety of links at the bottom of the page under the headings Newsroom, Learn, American Moment, America Serves, and About This Site. There’s also a link you can click to apply for a job in the new administration. Fill out the brief online form and you’ll receive, via e-mail, a link to a more extensive online form. (Note: These are non-career positions, not civil service.)

Among the links at the bottom of the page – and also along the right side – you’ll find a link to something called the GSA Transition Directory:

The Presidential Transition Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-293) authorizes the General Services Administration (GSA) to develop a transition directory in consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Act provides that the transition directory “shall be a compilation of Federal publications and   materials with supplementary materials developed by the Administrator that provides information on the officers, organization, and statutory and administrative authorities, functions, duties, responsibilities, and mission of each department and agency”. Senate Report 106-348 clarifies that the directory is intended to “assist in navigating the many   responsibilities that fall on a new administration’ that is ‘confronted by an overwhelming amount of material.”

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