All the Internets have been aTwitter about which Googler is going that what role in an Obama administration. But, it was announced that a respected Yahoo! staffer joined the transition team team today. Louisa Terrell, Yahoo!'s new(ish) Senior Director of their DC public policy office, is taking leave to be a Working Group member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project's Agency Review Team.
It's a pretty good one.
As The Post notes, prior to joining Yahoo! Terrell was Deputy Chief of Staff for a certain Senator Biden. Previously, she was counsel for Senator Biden on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff where she handled criminal sentencing, juvenile justice, child protection, immigration policy and women's issues.
Sarah Lai Stirland notes other tech policy connections on the new batch of transition team members and explains what the Agency Review Team will do:
The job of agency review teams will be to "complete a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the United States government, as well as the White House, to provide the President-elect, Vice President-elect, and key advisors with information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration," according to a memo released to reporters from the transition team Wednesday afternoon.
By the time senior appointees to the various government positions reach their confirmation hearings, they should have been prepared by these team members so that they're ready to lead their respective departments and implement policy initiatives right away.