Presidential Transition Timeline

Outgoing Administration
June 2016

To-Dos

Communicate rule-making deadlines to agencies
Prepare a complete inventory of all presidentially appointed positions, along with brief descriptions of responsibilities, to hand over to each candidate’s transition team

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 7, Assist campaigns with presidential appointments process

Because of the importance of the presidential personnel selection process in a transition, the White House should facilitate the handover by preparing a list of all the presidentially appointed positions in the federal government, along with a brief description of their responsibilities, and share this list with the candidates’ transition teams. This list is currently required by the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and should include a count of the number of each type of personnel (PAS, PA, SES, Schedule C) as well as their distribution throughout the various agencies and the White House. This list was compiled by the Bush administration well before the election, and the information in it served as the basis for the Obama transition team’s personnel planning.

Make preparations to share the presidential personnel database with each candidate’s transition team after the convention (through July)
Submit required reports to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, describing activities undertaken by the administration to prepare for the transition

Ongoing

Work with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to determine the volume of artifacts, gifts and paper, electronic and audiovisual records to be transported out of the White House (January–October)
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