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The Vacancies Act: Frequently Asked Questions
Research and Publications

November 01, 2017

This resource provides answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998. 

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Tag(s): laws and regulations, White House


GAO Presidential Transition Recommendations
External Resource

November 10, 2016

Web resources from the Government Accountabiltiy Office (GAO) highlighting the most important risks and management challenges confronting government and focused on assisting a new administration.

Government Accountability Office

Tag(s): laws and regulations, management, policy


Presidential Transition Handbook: The Role of Inspectors General and the Transition to a New Administration
Research and Publications

October 04, 2016

This handbook has been prepared by Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency for incoming transition teams.

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Tag(s): laws and regulations, management, policy


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


White House Executive Orders
External Resource

January 20, 2016

Executive Orders (EOs) are legally binding orders given by the President, acting as the head of the Executive Branch, to Federal Administrative Agencies. Executive Orders are generally used to direct federal agencies and officials in their execution of congressionally established laws or policies.

The White House

Tag(s): laws and regulations, policy, White House


Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Memorandum for Deputy Secretaries
Tools and Templates

December 17, 2015

Memo concerning Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) rules regarding last year regulations for agencies.

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Tag(s): laws and regulations, White House, historical


Edward Ted Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015
External Resource

July 31, 2015

This bill codifies a number of best practices for the outgoing administration in transition.

114th Congress

Tag(s): laws and regulations, national security, security clearance, transition management


Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies
External Resource

March 07, 2013

This Sourcebook of U.S. Executive Agencies is published by the Administrative Conference of the United States. It catalogs the executive branch including information on agency structural characteristics, their place in the executive branch and how their features influence political control and performance.

Administrative Conference of the United States

Tag(s): agencies, laws and regulations, policy


Presidential Transition Act: Provisions and Funding
External Resource

December 17, 2012

Report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) that explores the legal environment and practices surrounding the presidential transition.

Congressional Research Service

Tag(s): laws and regulations, transition management, historical


Memo from President George W. Bush Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten on Midnight Regulations
Tools and Templates

May 09, 2008

A memo from Bush administration Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten to heads of executive departments and agencies explaining how agencies should respond to midnight regulations.

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Tag(s): laws and regulations, White House, historical


Congressional Research Service Report: Presidential Transitions
External Resource

February 11, 2008

Congressional Research Service (CRS) on legislative actions to enhance the transition process since 1960 and the text from major transition statutes.

Congressional Research Service

Tag(s): laws and regulations, transition management, historical


Public Law 108-458
Tools and Templates

December 17, 2004

Portion of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

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Tag(s): appointments, laws and regulations, security clearance


Arsenic Levels in Water: A Clinton Trap
External Resource

April 24, 2001

Brief article by Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid discussing the political effects of a regulation passed in the waning days of the President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Accuracy in Media

Tag(s): laws and regulations, transition management, historical


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