What is the Center for Presidential Transition?

The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition® serves as the premier nonpartisan source of information and resources to help presidential candidates and their teams lay the groundwork for a new administration or for a president’s second term.



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Effective Transition Planning Can Help Presidents Have a Successful Year One and Year Five

Preparing for the enormous responsibility of running the federal government is the most important job for any presidential candidate.

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Cabinet turnover after re-election highlights the need for 2nd-term transition planning

New data shows that the last three presidents each experienced significant Cabinet-level turnover soon after their 2nd inauguration.

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Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl

Our new research has found that Senate confirmation of presidential appointees are taking longer than ever.

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Presidential Transition Guide

The Partnership’s comprehensive guide on the activities required during the transition. This updated guide, produced in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, features detailed outlines of transition best practices, historical materials from past transitions, and recommendations for a successful presidential transition to a new or second-term administration.

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Agency Transition Guide

Based on convenings with transition leaders from nearly 40 agencies, the Partnership and The Boston Consulting Group have compiled best practices into a guide for senior career leaders.

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Transition Timeline

Transition teams need tools and techniques to manage a seamless presidential hand-off. The Center conducted extensive interviews with former transition leaders, analyzed decades of academic research, collected hundreds of documents from prior transitions and assessed the effects of new legislation to create a comprehensive transition timeline.

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Transition Lab

Transition Lab is a behind-the-scenes look at presidential transitions. Join David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition for candid discussions with former presidential chiefs of staff, transition team leads and other presidential transition experts. Transition Lab is a must-listen for anyone interested in developing a better understanding of what needs to happen before a president takes office or starts a second term.

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Biden builds out his presidential transition operation

June 20, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The former VP is preparing to take power amid twin health and economic crises. By Mike Memoli While President Donald Trump eagerly returns to the campaign trail, Joe Biden is building out a team with an eye toward governing. Ted Kaufman, one of Biden’s longest-serving advisers, has tapped a half-dozen government veterans to work with him as part of a…

Ken Burns: Coronavirus pandemic is crisis “on the level” of Civil War and Great Depression

May 25, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

By Mike Allen Transition Lab, a new podcast hosted by David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, has recorded episodes about the transitions of Presidents Carter, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Trump. The state of play: Filmmaker Ken Burns and historian Geoffrey Ward, who have collaborated…

Officials start planning for the next presidential transition

May 25, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

By Brian Naylor Even though Election Day 2020 is a little less than six months away, the law requires officials to start planning for the next presidential transition. It may have to be done virtually this year.

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