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Serving America through a presidential appointment is a great honor and responsibility.

Given the power, influence and vast resources of the federal government, both in the united states and abroad, trust in the integrity of presidential appointees and their commitment to public service is paramount. Ready to Serve is a centralized resource that guides candidates through every step of the complex political appointment process. Get an early start.rnrnu003ciframe src=u0022 width=u0022420u0022 height=u0022315u0022 data-mce-fragment=u00221u0022u003ernu003c/iframeu003e

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LGBTQ+ Service in the Executive Branch
This week marks the beginning of Pride month, a time in which we reflect on the history and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community and reaffirm our unwavering support for equality and inclusivity. The Partnership for Public Service and Center for Presidential Transition honor the service of countless LGBTQ+ public servants who have served across administrations.
Political Appointment
June 06, 2024
Political Appointments Pride Month Senate confirmation Transition 2024
Placing political appointee turnover in the Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden administrations in context 
Given the long hours and tough responsibilities at Cabinet agencies, presidents can expect departures among Senate-confirmed leadership. While turnover is expected, high departure rates can pose significant challenges for day-to-day agency operations and long-term planning. 
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
May 30, 2024
Federal Agencies Political Appointments Senate confirmation Transition 2024
Prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have served in federal government 
As we celebrate Asian and Pacific Heritage Month, it’s crucial to recognize the significant contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans to our federal government.
May 09, 2024
Federal Agencies Political Appointments
Taking stock of the vacancy crisis across cabinet departments
Beyond confirmation times, presidents during the last 40 years have seen fewer and fewer of their nominees confirmed by the Senate. Through year three, Presidents Donald Trump and Biden each had approximately 150 fewer nominees confirmed compared to President Barack Obama and 250 to 300 fewer nominees confirmed compared to Presidents H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
April 25, 2024
Federal Agencies Political Appointments Senate confirmation Transition 2024
What is the White House Transition Coordinating Council?
The White House Transition Coordinating Council stands as a cornerstone for the seamless transfer of power between presidential administrations. It serves as a central coordinating body to oversee transition efforts, providing resources, information and expertise to a potential incoming administration.
Presidential Transition
April 11, 2024
General Services Administration Presidential Transition Act Transition 2024
Catch 2024: Advice for political appointees on navigating an election year
Keep satellites in orbit! Keep the lead out of the drinking water! Keep your cool, even though you have no idea, as a political appointee, whether you will have a job next year. This is the dilemma appointees face in an election year.
Political Appointment
March 28, 2024
Federal Agencies Political Appointments Transition 2024
Positions in the federal government never held by women
As we celebrate Women’s History Month both in the U.S. and worldwide, it’s a good time to examine the contributions women have made in the federal government.
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
March 13, 2024
Modernization Political Appointments
Are you Ready to Serve as a political appointee?
The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition helps aspiring appointees by providing a wealth of information through our nonpartisan Ready to Serve® centralized online resource.  
Ready to Serve
February 28, 2024
Political Appointments Presidential Transition Transition 2024
Proposed Senate legislation would strengthen presidential transition support for agencies
Following the last four presidential elections, the Partnership for Public Service and our Center for Presidential Transition have collected lessons learned on transition activities, which have helped inform four rounds of bipartisan laws passed to bring the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 in line with modern transition practices.
Presidential Transition
February 15, 2024
General Services Administration Presidential Transition Act Senate confirmation Transition 2024

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