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Presidential Transition Guide
Research and Publications

January 17, 2018

Comprehensive guide to the activities required during the transition.

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Tag(s): appointments, ethics, policy, transition management, White House, historical

Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump: comparing first 100 days of last six presidents
In the News

April 23, 2017

"The first 100 days have been rocky for other modern presidents, but none had as bumpy a ride as Donald Trump has encountered during his opening days in office. Here's a look back."

USA Today

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

Trump is bad at filing executive branch posts. That’s not entirely his fault.
In the News

February 24, 2017

"Five weeks into his presidency, only 14 of President Trump‘s executive-branch nominees have been confirmed to start working in government. As many have documented, his administration is off to a more skeletal beginning than Barack Obama‘s, George W. Bush‘s, and Bill Clinton‘s. Part of the thin staffing can be chalked up to more-laborious-than-usual confirmation processes:"


Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical

The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House
In the News

January 18, 2017

Partnership president and CEO Max Stier appears in a new documentary, from CNN titled “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House&rdquo. The film picks up right after the November 8 election, which ushered in Donald J. Trump as America's president elect.


Tag(s): appointments, White House, historical

HHS Presidential Transition Agency Landing Team Book
Tools and Templates

November 01, 2016

Comprehensive briefing materials prepared for the 2016 incoming administration about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Tag(s): agencies, management, historical

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

Executive Order on Facilitation of a Presidential Transition 2016
External Resource

May 06, 2016

This Executive Order from President Obama establishes the White House Transition Coordinating Council and the Agency Transition Directors Council.

The White House

Tag(s): agencies, transition management, historical

MEMORANDUM: Requirements for the FY 2018 Budget Process
Tools and Templates

April 29, 2016

This memorandum from OMB Director to agency heads describes plans for the development of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process to support a smooth transition focusing on a budget baseline.

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Tag(s): agencies, budget, historical

White House Nominations and Appointments
External Resource

April 26, 2016

The White Houses list of all nominations and appointments.

The White House

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, White House, historical

Obama-Biden Transition Project Policy Working Groups Organizational Chart
Tools and Templates

April 15, 2016

Organizational chart for the Obama-Biden Transition Project

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Tag(s): policy, transition management, historical

Romney Readiness Project President-elect Support Organizational Chart
Tools and Templates

April 15, 2016

Organizational chart for the Romney Readiness Projects president-elect support team.

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Tag(s): transition management, historical

Obama-Biden Transition Project Agency Review Team members
External Resource

April 06, 2016

A list of those who participated in the Obama-Biden Transition Project

Tag(s): agencies, policy, historical

Questionnaire for Obama Administration Appointees
External Resource

April 06, 2016

A list of 63 questions asked to potential appointees.

Tag(s): appointees, appointments, historical

AFSA Appointee Tracker
External Resource

April 06, 2016

List of President Obamas ambassadorial appointments since 2009.

Tag(s): appointees, historical

Annotated Outline for the “Liaison Roadmap”
Tools and Templates

January 20, 2016

Annotated outline used for creating 20-page Liaison Roadmap.

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Tag(s): agencies, historical

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