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Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries
Tools and Templates

March 08, 2017

The guide for incoming cabinet deputy secretaries is designed to support a secretary lead effectively from their first day.

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Tag(s): agency landing teams, appointees, best practice, management


Trump’s team nixed ethics course for White House staff
In the News

March 02, 2017

"President Donald Trump’s team rejected a course for senior White House staff, cabinet nominees and other political appointees that would have provided training on leadership, ethics and management, according to documents obtained by POLITICO."

Politico

Tag(s): appointees, Ready to Govern, White House


How to win over Washington? Listen to your federal workforce
In the News

February 10, 2017

As the Trump administration’s new Cabinet secretaries and other top-level political appointees get acquainted with their responsibilities, some will find they have inherited high-performing organizations while others will discover that their agencies are struggling.

The Huffington Post

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, management


Trump missing top lieutenants across federal government
In the News

February 03, 2017

President Donald Trump has so far failed to nominate deputies and other top officials to run the day-to-day operations at most federal agencies, creating a vacuum across the government that has businesses, lobbyists and lawmakers in limbo as they wait to see how Trump’s agenda will be carried out.

Politico

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, Center for Presidential Transition


Is the Trump team ready to run the government?
In the News

January 19, 2017

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Donald Trump might sign four or five executive actions shortly after he's sworn in on Friday—but it’s unclear who will be available to carry them out.

New York Magazine

Tag(s): agencies, appointees, appointments, policy


Secretary Hillary Clinton’s calendar during the first few months of the Obama administration
Tools and Templates

January 11, 2017

This calendar provide detailed information regarding the day to day activities of Secretary Clinton during her first few months in office. Consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, certain limited aspects of the secretary’s calendar are not released publicly.

Department of State

Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, management, historical


Attorney General Eric Holder’s calendar during the first few weeks of the Obama administration
Tools and Templates

January 11, 2017

This calendar provide detailed information regarding the day to day activities of Attorney General Holder during his first few weeks in office. Consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, certain limited aspects of the attorney general’s calendar are not released publicly.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, management, historical


Secretary Jack Lew’s calendar during the first few months of his term
Tools and Templates

January 11, 2017

This calendar provide detailed information regarding the day to day activities of Secretary Lew during his first few months in office. Consistent with the Freedom of Information Act, certain limited aspects of the secretary’s calendar are not released publicly.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, management, historical


Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition Unveils Position Descriptions for Top Political Jobs
News Release

December 29, 2016

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service today released the most comprehensive position descriptions for more than 150 of the top Senate-confirmed political appointments. The descriptions are available at presidentialtransition.org/position-descriptions. Download (134k)

Tag(s): appointees, appointments


Priority Position Descriptions for Senate Confirmed Appointments
Tools and Templates

October 13, 2016

This document features over one hundred sample job descriptions for senior positions that are presidential appointments which are Senate confirmed (PAS).

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Tag(s): appointees, appointments


Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resources Management Matters
Tools and Templates

September 30, 2016

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 2016 Presidential Transition Guide assists agencies and the incoming administration during transition.

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Tag(s): agencies, appointees, laws and regulations, Office of Personnel Management


Office of Personnel Management: Actions Are Needed to Help Ensure the Completeness of Political Conversion Data and Adherence to Policy
External Resource

September 30, 2016

Report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that provides information on conversions of political appointees to career positions, and reviews the implementation and effectiveness of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) policy for reviewing conversions, which went into effect in 2010.

Government Accountability Office

Tag(s): appointees, management, historical


National Security infographic
Tools and Templates

August 29, 2016

This infographic describes the national security risks of a poorly executed transition

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Tag(s): agencies, appointees, appointments, best practice, Center for Presidential Transition, national security, Office of Presidential Personnel


Office of Government Nominee Ethics Guide
External Resource

August 29, 2016

The Office of Government Ethics transition guide is a comprehensive resource to help potential political appointees, nominees and their support networks successfully navigate the financial disclosure, conflicts of interest and other ethical requirements of nominees. (27 pages, PDF)

Office of Government Ethics

Tag(s): appointees, ethics, financial disclosure, Office of Government Ethics


Office of Government Ethics Appendix Nominee Ethics Guide
External Resource

August 29, 2016

Companion piece to the Office of Government Ethics Nominee Ethics Guide includes financial disclosure checklists, rules for reporting and ongoing financial reporting requirements. (27 pages, PDF)

Office of Government Ethics

Tag(s): appointees, ethics, financial disclosure, Office of Government Ethics


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