GovExec.com’s Lost in Transition highlights several transition-related news stories developing today:

President-elect Barack Obama’s transition site Change.gov has already received around 1,000 questions from supporters and 70,000 votes on which ones they most want answered, all part of the site’s “Open For Questions” tool. (New York Times)

But Obama supporters seem to already be abusing a feature of that tool, which lets them flag comments to remove questions about disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Politico)

Obama has tapped Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu as the next Energy secretary, adding a staunch advocate for action on global warming to his Cabinet. (Washington Post)

Filling out his energy team, Obama appears poised to name Carol M. Browner, Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Clinton, as the top White House official on climate and energy policy and Lisa P. Jackson, New Jersey’s commissioner of environmental protection, as the head of the EPA. (New York Times)

Former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is expected to be formally nominated as Health and Human Services secretary today (Washington Post), a post that Blagojevich allegedly once hoped for himself. (AP)

Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, Obama’s choice for secretary of Veterans Affairs, has been fast-tracked for confirmation hearings and could be voted on by the Senate as soon as Jan. 20. (Army Times)

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., wants to put the brakes on Attorney General-designate Eric Holder’s nomination hearing, citing concerns about his role in the 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. (The Hill)

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