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.


Transition Lab Podcast

This new podcast series will give a behind-the-scenes look at presidential transitions. Join us for candid discussions with former presidential chiefs of staff, transition team leads and other experts.

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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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Open Letter from Bipartisan Center for Presidential Transition Advisory Board

This letter stresses the importance of early preparation by President Trump and the Democratic candidates to be equipped for a second term or new administration.

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Presidential Transition Act Summary

In passing the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, Congress explained: “Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established a framework for the federal government to prepare for a transition from one president to another.

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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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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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Federal Position Descriptions

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

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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 Blog

The Presidential Transition Act: A Framework for Continuity in Government

The evolution of the Presidential Transition Act has given our nation a framework ensuring transition planning starts early — well before the general election — and, just as Congress envisioned in 1963, that serving and protecting the American people remains the priority of our government, even during transfers of executive power.

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Facilitating transitions in the government

February 6, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses what a presidential transition would mean for high-level vacancies, and why not every political appointee needs to go through Congress.

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Team Ethics Requirements

February 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before the election.

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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