Bush-Cheney team gets thousands of online applications

Bush-Cheney team gets thousands of online applications

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

DEC. 15'The Bush-Cheney transition team is sorting tens of thousands of applications for posts in the new administration that were submitted through the Web site at www.bushcheneytransition.com.

President-elect George W. Bush will send for Senate confirmation the names of those selected for cabinet, subcabinet, commission and advisory board posts, as well as ambassadorships and judges' seats. Applications for all those positions, plus others not requiring Senate approval, are available on the transition site.

Requests for employment will be retained as long as Bush remains in the White House, according to information posted at the site. Applicants under consideration will be asked to fill out a personal data statement for White House review and to indicate possible conflicts of interest. The information is shared only with other government agencies, the site noted.

The site logs senders' IP addresses to help diagnose server problems and to maintain site quality. But IP addresses are not used to identify individual users, according to information posted on the site. Nor are there cookies to track user patterns. Servers reside in a secure room with continuous monitoring, and measures are in place to prevent loss or misuse of information.

The transition site also accepts e-mail communications. Volunteers can submit their names to Volunteer@BushCheneyTransition.com. Changes to applications go to Appointment@BushCheneyTransition.com, and letters seeking or offering advice go to Advice@BushCheneyTransition.com.

Vice President-elect Dick Cheney yesterday received the keys to Washington transition office space from the General Services Administration, along with a smart card for user authentication [ www.gcn.com/vol19_no33/news/3328-1.html]. Cheney said some transition workers would move to Washington, while others will remain at the current location in nearby McLean, Va., for a while longer.

Meanwhile, a congressional committee will host a Web site for inaugural matters, at inaugural.senate.gov.

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