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Since 2008, the Partnership for Public Service has been working with presidential candidates, their transition teams and incumbent administrations to ensure smooth and effective presidential transitions.

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Political Appointments Over Time

See how the Senate confirmation process is taking longer than ever before for top positions in recent presidential administrations.

Transition Timeline

Stay informed about upcoming milestones and statutory requirements for presidential transition teams, federal agencies and the White House.

Ready to Serve®

Our Ready to Serve resources give aspiring political appointees the information and tools needed to navigate the federal appointments process. We help prospective appointees learn about possible roles, background checks, ethics requirements, and, for the most senior-level positions, the Senate confirmation process.

Ready to Govern®

Our Ready to Govern program helps political appointees accelerate their impact by helping them better understand their roles and the unique aspects of leading in the federal government.

“I cannot imagine doing a presidential transition in a modern era without the Partnership.


Ted Kaufman, co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition team; former senator of Delaware; Center Advisory Board

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Latest Research

2023 Presidential Transition Guide
The Center for Presidential Transition’s comprehensive guide on the activities required during the transition. This guide for the 2024 presidential election cycle was produced in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. It 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.
November 27, 2023
2023 Agency Transition Guide
The Agency Transition Guide­­ has been developed by the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition® and Boston Consulting Group, informed by conversations with federal leaders and other presidential transition experts. It provides lessons learned from past transitions at federal agencies and includes best practices and key decision points to help senior career executives lead successful transition planning efforts.
November 27, 2023
The States of Our Union
Modern presidents come into office promising national change in areas such as education, health care, immigration and infrastructure. To execute their agenda, their administration must coordinate across all levels of government. The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition® and Deloitte created this resource to identify the practices that lead to effective collaboration, including how transition planning can help establish successful intergovernmental relationships.
September 14, 2023

Political Appointee Tracker

Launched in 2016 with The Washington Post, the Political Appointee Tracker has been following roughly 800 of the 1,200 political appointed positions that require Senate confirmation, including Cabinet secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsels and ambassadors.

“The Center is a great convening place for expertise on presidential transitions without an agenda other than making government work.”


Josh Bolten, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush

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