“No self-respecting president can enter office without a management plan,” University of Maryland Professor Donald Kettl said.
“Not that ordinary Americans expect it; most know little and care less about who delivers their public services and how…. A management plan, however, conveys important signals to key players. The federal executive branch’s 2.6 million employees look for clues about where the new boss will take them. Private consultants tune their radar in search of new opportunities. Most important, those who follow the broad strategies of government management seek to divine how the new president will approach the job of chief executive, where priorities will lie and what tactics the president will follow in pursuing them. Management matters; with each new administration, the fresh question is how.”