Presidential Transition Timeline

Outgoing Administration
August 2016

To-Dos

Touch base with each candidate’s transition team to discuss a memorandum of understanding governing agency review teams’ access to agency materials and personnel following the election
Contact each candidate’s transition team to share the White House presidential personnel database infrastructure

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

The Bush White House helped facilitate the design of a new presidential personnel database, with input from both the Obama and McCain 2008 campaigns as well as the General Services Administration (GSA). McCain’s personnel director initially developed the template for the new database, but the software was shared with the Obama campaign in an effort to help ensure a smoother integration of the personnel process, regardless of who won the election. As a result, the updated personnel system was fast-tracked by the White House and developed and put in place by GSA before the Inauguration. It was shared with both campaigns prior to the election, ensuring that the incoming administration was familiar with the tool and could move smoothly from transition personnel planning to the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House.

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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