Getting Ready for 2017: Joining a New Administration

By Paul R. Lawrence and Mark A. Abramson

The start of a new Administration is still months away, but planning for 2017 is already underway. The New York Times recently presented an in-depth article on the forthcoming transition, highlighting a recent transition planning meeting held in New York.   Vetting for the the first personnel decision is already underway as both the Washington Post and the New York Times report that the presidential candidates have begun reviewing potential vice presidents. Continue reading “Getting Ready for 2017: Joining a New Administration”


On Food Safety, Collaboration Can Be Hard to Swallow

By Barbara Romzek, Jocelyn Johnston, and Rebecca Yurman

Recently, Chipotle Mexican Grill temporarily closed its doors nationwide after hundreds of people became ill from the food at several of its 2,000 restaurants over a period of months. Stories like Chipotle’s – food-borne illness outbreaks in quick-service restaurant chains – have become very common. Though Chipotle is ultimately responsible for serving tainted food, public health officials from a number of federal, state, and private agencies work together to investigate and prevent further illness. So, how do these agencies find common ground and overcome challenges under the pressures of rapid response? Continue reading “On Food Safety, Collaboration Can Be Hard to Swallow”