from the New York Times….
Mr. Romney’s transition team, which has quietly been ramping up since June, is an extension of his campaign and reflects many hallmarks of the Romney operation — methodical and disciplined, with acute attention to detail. The team also offers a glimpse of what might be Mr. Romney’s approach to governing, functioning much like his old private equity firm, Bain Capital. The team is assessing the government and looking for ways to make it more efficient and streamlined.
“With Mitt, his approach to problem solving is first to identify the problem, make sure you’re solving for the problem actually there; second, look at best practices; third, apply best practices to the problem at hand; and fourth, execute on it,” said Beth Myers, a top Romney adviser who worked on his transition team in 2003, when he became governor of Massachusetts.
Mr. Romney’s transition team, known within the campaign as “The Readiness Project,” is led by Mike Leavitt, a former governor of Utah and a former secretary of Health and Human Services, and until recently included only three other advisers — Ms. Myers; Bob White, a longtime friend of Mr. Romney who was chairman of his transition in Massachusetts; and Ron Kaufman, a senior adviser and Republican national committee member from Massachusetts.
The meeting on Tuesday, however, reflected the fact that less than three months from Election Day, the Romney campaign is putting together a framework should he win the White House.
“The transition group is more of a table setter, a drafter of an agenda, an outliner of what you need to do,” said a Romney adviser, insisting on anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “They will be asking, ‘What are the things you can do right away? What are the things you can think about? What can this president still do between Nov. 6 and Jan. 20?’ ”
Mr. Romney’s campaign is wary about discussing transition plans, worried that it might appear overconfident. Four years ago, Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, attacked Senator Barack Obama for “measuring the drapes.”
Privately, however, Romney advisers say that not arranging for the future would be irresponsible, and that their goal is to be prepared but not presumptuous. They also say they are operating in accordance with the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, which urges campaigns to plan well before Election Day….
In addition to the transition work by staff…..
Mitt Romney and TWO of his staff members who have been cleared thru security checks will begin to get National Security briefings after the RNC convention by the US Government Intelligence agencies that brief the President……Share on Facebook