About 250 political appointees work at the Pentagon, Whitman said. A majority, but not all, he said, were asked to stay on past the inaugural.
“Those people have been notified [and] informed of this opportunity,” he said.
Pentagon officials are determining how many employees affected by the offer are “willing to take advantage or consider committing to this opportunity that’s been extended to them to stay on awhile for the transition,” Whitman said.
Meanwhile, the incoming Obama administration is diligently working to fill anticipated vacancies at the Pentagon, Whitman said.
“A smooth transition at the Defense Department while we are engaged in two wars is very important,” Whitman pointed out. He declined to get into specifics regarding positions or jobs involved as part of the service-extension offer.
Those people not affected by the extension offer were informed over the past several days, Whitman said.