Presidential Transition Timeline

Incoming Administration: Policy
April 2016

To-Dos

Appoint a head of the policy implementation team (through May)

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 2, Building the Team, Policy prioritization

The head of policy is tasked with planning for and preparing to implement the major policy initiatives that have been driving the campaign. This requires a deep understanding of the governing philosophy and policy objectives of the candidate; knowledge about the key experts and top officials who might be tapped to lead policy strategy; and experience implementing policy. This last piece is particularly important for a new administration looking to turn its campaign promises and policy initiatives into action. A president is judged on how well he or she gets things done. A head of policy who understands the “how” and the “what” of getting policies enacted, and knows who to enlist in support, is an important contributor to a new administration’s early success.

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