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.


Presidential Transition Guide

Comprehensive guide to the activities required during the transition, produced in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group.

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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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Federal Position Descriptions

The federal position descriptions provide important information about the Senate confirmed positions across government.

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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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Making Government Work for the American People

Through dialogues with a range of experts about critical management issues, we developed this roadmap with the IBM Center for The Business of Government for a new or second-term administration.

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Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

This guide is designed to help incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management lead effectively from their first day.

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Center for Presidential Transition gears up for 2020 election with new data on second term poilitical appointments and new director David Marchick

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: News Release

2020 programming will reinforce the Center as the ‘go to’ nonpartisan source for presidential transition expertise WASHINGTON – Roughly one year from Election Day, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service launched its 2020 transition efforts for the Center for Presidential Transition – the nation’s premier source of information and resources to help presidential candidates…

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