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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

Fed Coach: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who shepherded Obamacare, talks about its uncertain future
In the News

January 09, 2017

As secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the past two and a half years, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has overseen the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, the Food and Drug Administration and a wide range of social services from Head Start to family assistance programs. 

The Washington Post

Contentious presidential transition could threaten national security
In the News

December 29, 2016

The continued discord between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration is setting the stage for one of the more contentious presidential transitions in recent memory, and may present the country with dire national security threats as a result. 

Federal Times

Stoddard: Trump, Clinton getting ready for change
In the News

June 08, 2016

Both Trump and Hillary Clinton have assigned people to collaborate quietly with the Obama administration on a transition plan to secure the country in a time of “maximum vulnerability,” according to Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service.

The Hill

Final two horses head for the starting gate
In the News

June 08, 2016

Now presidential transition is in the air, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each apparently having clinched their respective parties’ nominations. Just as a warm day in the fall smells differently than a warm day in spring, you can sense the change already.

Federal News Radio

What America’s next president is really getting into
In the News

June 03, 2016

Corporate takeovers are high-wire acts requiring detailed preparation, an understanding of company cultures and organization, first-rate leaders and a mandate to create added value for stakeholders. Even in the best of circumstances, mergers and acquisitions frequently fail or fall short of expectations.

The same dynamics apply to the transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next – the largest, most complex and consequential takeover of any organization on the planet that will formally take place when a new U.S. president is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.


The most important takeover of any organization in history
In the News

April 22, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, this 18-month marathon of a presidential race will finally end. And within hours, a new race will begin.

The Atlantic

Obama wants this transition to be as good as 2008’s - or better
In the News

April 21, 2016

A top White House aide on Wednesday held the first official meeting with representatives of the 2016 presidential candidates to begin the delicate planning of the coming transition, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Government Executive

Agencies encouraged to step up their game for 2016 transition
In the News

March 08, 2016

With nearly 11 months until Inauguration Day, a governmentwide effort to prepare for the upcoming presidential transition is well underway.

Federal News Radio

How does the 2017 budget help the presidential transition?
In the News

February 11, 2016

PSCs Alan Chvotkin and the Partnership for Public Services Mallory Barg Bulman examine what the Obama administrations budget means for the 45th president.

Federal Times

Let’s be prepared for America’s biggest corporate takeover
In the News

November 30, 2015

Imagine taking over an enterprise with 4 million employees and an annual budget of more than $3 trillion dollars. What if on your first day as CEO, you had to operate without more than 1,000 of your top leaders, faced global emergencies requiring immediate attention and had an agenda dependent on multiple, time-consuming votes by your board of directors?

Gotham Gazette

It’s not too late for Obama to improve government efficiency
In the News

September 02, 2015

President Obama has reached the point when a president’s thoughts turn to how he will spend his time after he leaves office, and he has reportedly suggested that one item on his agenda will be making the federal government more effective.

The Washington Post

Transitions Act heads to House
In the News

September 01, 2015

Among the measures being sent to the House for its consideration when Congress reconvenes next week will be a bill passed by the Senate (S-1172) just before the recess started, the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act.


Succeeding in the last years of an administration
In the News

August 09, 2015

While public attention is increasingly focused on the presidential primary campaigns and the 2016 election, the work of government continues, and both political and senior federal career leaders have an obligation to carry out the important missions of their agencies.

The Public Manager

Senate passes bill to smooth presidential transitions
In the News

July 31, 2015

Regardless of who next wins the White House, both parties have an interest in assuring a smooth and well planned transfer of power, as demonstrated in the Senate’s unanimous vote on Thursday to pass the Ted Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act.

Government Executive

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