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Agency Transition Guide
Research and Publications

August 22, 2017

Federal agencies face a cascading series of challenges before and after a presidential election and into the early months of a new administration. Throughout the transition, the Partnership for Public Service brought together agency transition leaders from nearly 40 agencies to help improve this process. From these convenings, the Partnership and The Boston Consulting Group have compiled best practices into a guide for senior career leaders.

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Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams, appointees, appointments, best practice, Center for Presidential Transition, management, policy, transition management


Trump’s hiring freeze will do the opposite of what he wants
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump is correct when he says the federal government must be more responsive to the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, his directive Monday to freeze federal hiring will have the opposite effect of what is intended.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, Ready to Govern, White House


Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers
In the News

January 23, 2017

President Trump instituted an immediate hiring freeze Monday, signing a presidential memorandum that would affect a large swath of the executive branch but leave wide latitude for exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, management, transition management, White House


Fed Coach: How career executives can navigate the presidential transition
In the News

November 29, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition landing teams have begun to descend on federal agencies across the government. These men and women are charged with providing the new administration information about the responsibilities of the various agencies as well as the challenges ahead.

The Washington Post

Tag(s): agencies, best practice, Partnership for Public Service


Governmentwide Moratorium on Senior Executive Service (SES) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Cases
Tools and Templates

November 18, 2016

Office of Personnel Management memo announcing suspension of agency qualifications review boards for Senior Executive Service positions when agency heads depart.

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Tag(s): agencies, management, Office of Management and Budget


Mallory Barg Bulman: Is your staff ready for the next administration?
In the News

November 16, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are getting a new boss when the Trump administration takes over in January. How do you prepare and how as a manager can you prepare your people? Mallory Barg Bulman, director of research at the Partnership for Public Service, shares some answers on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Federal News Radio

Tag(s): Partnership for Public Service


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


Agency Briefing Book Sample Table of Contents
Tools and Templates

October 06, 2016

A recommended table of contents for the briefing books agencies prepare for incoming administration teams.

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Tag(s): agencies


Transition 101 Memo for Agency Transition Directors
Tools and Templates

October 06, 2016

A sample memo that agencies can use to brief their employees regarding an upcoming presidential transition.

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Tag(s): agencies


Agency Briefing Material Bureau/Component Executive Summary Template
Tools and Templates

October 06, 2016

A template to be used by agencies to source and organize the information they receive from employees to create the high-level overview of a bureau or component within the agency to develop briefing materials for the incoming administration.

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Tag(s): agencies


Agency Briefing Material Deep-dive Template
Tools and Templates

October 06, 2016

A template for agencies that helps them source and organize the information they receive from employees to create a deep-dive report on a topic or issue.

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Tag(s): agencies


Briefing Material Office/Region Executive Summary Template
Tools and Templates

October 06, 2016

A template for agencies to help them source and organize the information they receive from employees to create the high-level overview of an office or region within the agency.

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Tag(s): agencies


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


Presidential Transition Summer Timeline Infographic
Tools and Templates

August 30, 2016

This infographic outlines some of the presidential transition tasks the candidates’ teams will take on in the summer before the election.

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Tag(s): agencies, Center for Presidential Transition, GSA, national security, Partnership for Public Service, transition management, vetting


A Handbook on Presidential Transition for Federal Career Executives
External Resource

August 10, 2016

In preparation for the upcoming presidential transition, the Senior Executives Association (SEA) Professional Development League (PDL) has released its inaugural transition handbook, designed specifically for federal career executives, to help guide and advise them during this time of presidential transition.

Senior Executives Association

Tag(s): agencies, agency landing teams


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