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  •  Thank you (9+ / 0-)

    How much did then-Senator Obama's transition team cost -- back in 2008, before this law was enacted?  How many people were part of his transition team?

    IMHO, the only thing worse than a Romney administration about to take the reins of our government would be a Romney administration that only began its transition planning the second week of November.

    A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

    by deminva on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 10:32:10 AM PST

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    •  An the answer is! (11+ / 0-)

        If one believes WIKI -

      Podesta estimated that the transition would employ approximately 450 people and have a budget of about $12 million: $5.2 million would be paid by the federal government and the remaining $6.8 million would be funded by private sources, with each contribution limited to $5,000. The transition project would not accept money from political action committees or federal lobbyists
      •  Seems about right ... (2+ / 0-)
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        blue aardvark, Smoh

        I found this page which doesn't give a specific number, but says

        The Presidential Transition Project is the enormous effort of hundreds of people coming together to lay out the agenda and priorities for the Obama Administration. Led by President-Elect Barack Obama, Vice-President Elect Joe Biden, a transition advisory board, and respected leaders from both the public and private sector, the transition is responsible for ensuring that the transfer of power from the current administration to the Obama Administration is smooth and that the continuity of leadership is preserved.
        (emphasis mine)

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:00:05 PM PST

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        •  And that, mind, is for the WINNING team (4+ / 0-)
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          ColoTim, OLinda, NYFM, Smoh

          Not the warm-up exercise before winning.

          Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

          by blue aardvark on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:06:09 PM PST

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          •  Ummm ... (1+ / 0-)
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            obviously only the winner needs a transition team.

            But that team needs offices, equipment etc. from day 1.

            “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

            by jrooth on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:31:45 PM PST

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            •  Sorry but this is a bullshit excuse (1+ / 0-)
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              Smoh

              We have offices in DC.  Plenty of them, and they all have nice cushy expansive conference rooms (paid for by you and me) where transition meetings can take place.  If office space needs to be rented- fine, but I can't believe that underutilized or ancillary space doesn't exist now in ever single Federal department in DC.  Furthermore, with the mobile work culture in place today, between phones and laptops, no new equipment need be bought.  

              This whole scam is a gigantic earmark, and the beneficiaries this time around were folks like the Bush loving Michael Dell, who just sold 500 laptops to us that we didn't need.

              There are very few subjects which do not interest or fascinate me.

              by NYFM on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:47:51 PM PST

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              •  I don't know about you (2+ / 0-)
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                But I sure a hell don't want a presidential transition team working on their own computers. Who knows what might be on them? Viruses, key loggers, etc. and I don't want them using anything but a very secure connection either.

                This isn't just working from home. This is high level, critical info, that needs to be protected.

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