I think that GWB's absence from the transition process is, unfortunately, more a consequence of him being busy elsewhere than of benign inaction:
> George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House —
> and he’s not wasting a minute.
> President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change
> rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties
> and abortion rights, among others — few for the good. Most
> presidents put on a last-minute policy stamp, but in Mr.
> Bush’s case it is more like a wrecking ball. We fear it
> could take months, or years, for the next president to
> identify and then undo all of the damage.
> Here is a look — by no means comprehensive — at some of
> Mr. Bush’s recent parting gifts and those we fear are yet
> to come.
NYT Editorial "So Little Time, So Much Damage":