What is the Center for Presidential Transition?

Presidential transitions are big, complicated and dangerous. The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition is changing that. This first-of-its-kind Center is helping the presidential candidates and their transition teams, the outgoing administration and federal agencies navigate the transition process and ensure our next president will be ready to govern on day one.

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Transition teams need tools and techniques to manage a seamless presidential hand-off. The Center conducted extensive interviews with former transition leaders, analyzed decades of academic research, collected hundreds of documents from prior transitions and assessed the effects of new legislation to create a comprehensive transition timeline, process map and resources.

Tracking Presidential Appointments in Real Time

See where President Donald Trump stacks up against historical 100 day totals for Senate-confirmed appointed positions.

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Time’s Almost Up: Beachhead Appointees in Federal Agencies Await Word From the White House

As Trump comes up to the 90 to 120 day deadline, he must decide whether to formally hire beachhead team members for permanent roles, temporarily continue their employment or let them go.

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Presidential Transition Guide and Timeline

Our transition timeline is segmented into specific workstreams—for the incoming administration, the outgoing administration and current federal agency staff. We organized the work by month with specific recommendations and related tools and resources, so transition stakeholders can jumpstart their work. 

For an in-depth view of the entire presidential transition process, download our Presidential Transition Guide. 


Making Government Work for the America People: A Management Roadmap for the New Administration

During the past year, the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for The Business of Government held roundtable dialogues with a wide range of experts to inform the next president and the new administration's team about critical management issues. Through these discussions and accompanying reports we have developed a management roadmap for the next administration.

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