What is the Center for Presidential Transition?

Presidential transitions are big, complicated and dangerous. The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition is changing that. This first-of-its-kind Center is helping the presidential candidates and their transition teams, second-term administrations and federal agencies navigate the transition process and ensure our president will be ready to govern on day one.

Presidential Transition Resources for:

Incoming Administration

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Second-Term Administration

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Federal Agencies

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Political Appointees

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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, process map and resources.

Presidential Transition Guide

This updated guide, produced in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group, includes lessons learned from the 2016 transition, new documents, graphics and templates, and new content on planning for second term transitions.  

The guide is a collection of decision points and approaches to presidential transition planning and execution. It is an attempt to clarify the process of planning for a transition, and to gather lessons learned and best practices from recent transitions of both political parties.

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Agency Transition Guide

Federal agencies face a cascading series of challenges before and after a presidential election and into the early months of a new administration. Throughout the transition, the Partnership for Public Service brought together agency transition leaders from nearly 40 agencies to help improve this process.

From these convenings, the Partnership and The Boston Consulting Group have compiled best practices into a guide for senior career leaders.
While this guide focuses on the presidential transition, most federal agencies will experience a change in political leadership at least once during an administration. The practices outlined also apply to principal leadership transitions independent of the election cycle.

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Tracking Presidential Appointments in Real Time

See where President Donald Trump stacks up against historical 100 day totals for Senate-confirmed appointed positions.

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Check out our project with CNN, which shows the political appointments of the last two administrations sorted by federal agency.

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Making Government Work for the American People: A Management Roadmap for the New Administration

During the past year, the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for The Business of Government held roundtable dialogues with a wide range of experts to inform the next president and the new administration’s team about critical management issues. Through these discussions and accompanying reports we have developed a management roadmap for the next administration.

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