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Defense Business Board Highlights Priorities for DoD Transition Team After November Elections

Defense-Business-BoardMichael Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, has noted that the Defense Department will need to tackle certain issues as part of transition efforts after the presidential election in November, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Karen Parrish writes a DBB report highlights focus points for the transition team that include personnel changes or adjustments, measures to control overhead costs as well as policy direction for the incoming team under the new president.

“It is imperative that the department’s leaders are ready to begin work on inauguration day,” Bayer told DoD News.

Bayer, who is president and CEO of Dumbarton Strategies, said the DBB report recommends a transformation of the role of the deputy defense secretary into a chief management officer who would manage DoD operations similar to a chief operating officer.

The report added other priority areas include an orientation program and confirmation preparation for selected appointees of the incoming president.

DBB serves to advise DoD senior leaders on business practices and consists of 26 board members from the audit and finance, corporate governance, economics, executive management, healthcare, human resources and technology sectors.

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