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Move in day: Presidential transition teams settle in D.C.
In the News

August 01, 2016

On August 1, the federal government will officially offer assistance to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s presidential transition teams. This support signals the importance of pre-election transition planning, and will help the two candidates prepare to govern and fulfill campaign promises if elected.

Bloomberg Government

Tag(s): appointments, GSA


Max Stier on presidential transitions
In the News

August 01, 2016

Max Stier discussed the ways Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s political campaigns were preparing to occupy the White House, as well as the decisions that have to be made before either takes office.

C-SPAN


With an assist from the White House, Clinton and Trump start transition planning
In the News

August 01, 2016

Now that the political conventions are over, its time to start thinking about the transition to the next president.

Yes, really.

As of Aug. 1, the federal government is making office space available to representatives of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to start making plans for taking over in January. 

NPR


Move in day: Presidential transition teams settle in D.C.
In the News

August 01, 2016

On August 1, the federal government will officially offer assistance to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s presidential transition teams. This support signals the importance of pre-election transition planning, and will help the two candidates prepare to govern and fulfill campaign promises if elected.

Besides providing fully furnished and equipped office space, the General Services Administration will offer additional transition support, including communication services, briefings and assistance to enable the candidates to prepare to govern even as they simultaneously campaign vigorously to win the presidency.

The bipartisan Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010 authorizes the government to provide the major party candidates with work space and services immediately following the political party nominating conventions.

Bloomberg Government


Trump, Clinton transition teams move into GSA
In the News

August 01, 2016

With political conventions behind them, the next White House administration moved its transition teams to Washington, D.C. this week to prepare for the transfer of power to the 45th President of the United States.

Whoever that is.

Teams for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump both moved into office space in the General Services Administration on Aug. 1 to start planning for the administrative handoff set for Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017.

The move is promulgated by the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, which provides government-funded office space for the nominees of both parties for planning their administrative handovers.

Federal Times


With political conventions over, presidential transition planning to hit full stride
In the News

August 01, 2016

With political convention balloons now dropped in both Cleveland and Philadelphia, the federal government on Monday begins in earnest to conduct what both parties hope will be a smooth presidential transition under the new law signed by President Obama in March.

Designated transition staffers from both the Clinton and Trump campaigns will move in on Aug. 1 to office space near the White House. “By this time, they’ve toured the space, got designs and everything should be set up the way they want it to,” former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who ran Mitt Romney’s 2012 transition and whose name is on the new law, told Government Executive. “They have spent the last two months thinking how to populate that space and will begin filling in desks with people that have responsibilities.”

Government Executive


Max Stier on presidential transitions
In the News

August 01, 2016

Max Stier discussed the ways Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s political campaigns were preparing to occupy the White House, as well as the decisions that have to be made before either takes office.

C-SPAN


Presidential transition work has already begun
In the News

July 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, their parties’ nominations secured, are now out on the campaign trail boasting that they are well-equipped and highly prepared to step into the Oval Office next January 20 and run the country boldly and successfully.

 But are they? Probably not.

Real Clear Politics


Presidential transition work has already begun
In the News

July 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, their parties’ nominations secured, are now out on the campaign trail boasting that they are well-equipped and highly prepared to step into the Oval Office next January 20 and run the country boldly and successfully.

But are they? Probably not.

Despite Clinton’s four decades of service in government and politics at the highest levels, and Trump’s extensive vitae as a business mogul and mega-dealmaker, the winner is going to need all the help he or she can get to be ready to govern on Day One.

Staffs have to be recruited, vetted and appointed. Cabinet secretaries have to be chosen and confirmed. A gigantic federal budget has to be submitted to Congress one month after inauguration. The candidates and their top aides have to receive top-secret security and intelligence briefings. The list goes on.

Real Clear Politics


Planning for transition tests Trump’s ability to actually govern
In the News

July 30, 2016

His status as a presidential nominee barely a week old, Donald Trump is already tasked with assembling a complex transition team capable of hiring thousands of high-level government officials and crafting a detailed policy agenda should he win the presidency.

It is a herculean task that will test the limits a political outsider who has struggled to attract experienced talent to his presidential campaign.

Experienced officials warn that the safety and economic security of the nation depends on both White House contenders aggressively preparing for the transition to a new presidency even as they intensify their political operations for the three-month sprint to Election Day.

Japan Times


Trump transition tests governing ability of outsider
In the News

July 29, 2016

His status as a presidential nominee barely a week old, Donald Trump is already tasked with assembling a complex transition team capable of hiring thousands of high-level government officials and crafting a detailed policy agenda should he win the presidency.

Its a herculean task that will test the limits of Trump in particular, a political outsider who, thus far, has struggled to attract experienced talent to his presidential campaign. 

Associated Press


White House talks transition with both campaigns
In the News

July 29, 2016

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough kicked off the official coordination for handing off power with a call to both presidential campaigns on Friday.

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he’s “ready to pass the baton” to Hillary Clinton. But passing the bureaucracy is a much more complicated undertaking, and now that she and Donald Trump have become their respective parties’ official nominees, their campaigns are eligible for new government resources to help them prepare for transition — even though only one of them will actually complete the process.

Politico


Preparing for a presidential transition: The practical guide
In the News

July 28, 2016

Presidential transitions have the potential to alter the face of government in big and small ways across every agency. And while those changes may seem like they are relegated to the highest levels—new political appointees or incoming personnel—a transition can have a surprising influence on the everyday work of established agency teams.

For starters, a transition can change the support structure behind projects that have existed for years, even as it brings with it a unique opportunity to advance projects important to an agency’s work. It also can bring new ideas and priorities that divert resources from projects that are already fulfilling mission-critical goals.

Association for Talent Development


Christie on Trump’s plan to fire feds faster and clean out Obama’s people
In the News

July 22, 2016

“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people.”

That was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) talking to the donor class in a closed-door meeting at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. Christie was both recalling the reality television career of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and projecting Trump’s attitude toward federal employees if he wins.

Washington Post

Tag(s): appointments


Presidential-Transition Expert Max Stier on What’s at Stake in the Next Handoff
In the News

July 22, 2016

Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier sat down with Sharon Marcil, a BCG senior partner and the leader of the firm’s government practice in the Americas, to discuss the challenges inherent in a presidential transition and how that process can be improved. 

BCG Perspectives


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