Ready to Serve

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=u0022https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgbNymZ7vqYu0022 width=u0022420u0022 height=u0022315u0022 data-mce-fragment=u00221u0022u003ernu003c/iframeu003e


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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
CBS’ Margaret Brennan and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the Center for Presidential Transition 2024 kickoff.
Getting By With a Little Help From Your Friends: How Outside Groups Support Presidential Transitions
Given the incredible complexity of managing the federal government, new presidents have found outside think tanks and other organizations to be helpful partners as sources of expertise, personnel and broad perspectives. 
January 31, 2024
Presidential Transition Transition 2024
How the Partnership’s Agency Transition Roundtable serves leaders across the federal government
The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition supports career officials who lead these planning efforts by organizing the Agency Transition Roundtable: a forum for all agencies, large and small, to talk about how to prepare briefing papers, manage personnel onboarding and offboarding, and execute other work necessary to prepare new agency leaders to govern. The content is based on our Agency Transition Guide and serves to complement the government-run Agency Transition Directors Council.
Ready to Serve
January 18, 2024
Agency Transition Guide Partnership Agency Transition Roundtable Transition 2024
Transition planning is crucial for second-term administrations
While planning for presidential transitions is most often associated with candidates running to be a first-time president, incumbents seeking re-election must also engage in transition planning for a second term. 
Ready to Serve
December 13, 2023
Presidential Transition Second-term Transition Transition 2024
2024 is right around the corner
The next presidential election is less than a year away, followed by only 75 days before the inauguration.  The short period between the election and the inauguration is not nearly enough time for a newly elected president to make plans to run the largest, most complex organization in the world, fill the more than 4,000 political appointments and harness a $6 trillion budget.
Ready to Serve
November 29, 2023
Presidential Transition Transition 2024
Two decades later: how lessons from the 9/11 Commission Report can help us improve the political appointment process and protect our national security
For senior officials, many of their records are permanently valuable and one day will be sent to the National Archives to help document the country’s history. As senior officials often enter and leave federal service during times of presidential transition, there are several things they should know to properly manage and preserve their records.
September 13, 2021
National Security Political Appointments Senate confirmation Transition 2020
The three big mistakes in the 2020 Plum Book
For senior officials, many of their records are permanently valuable and one day will be sent to the National Archives to help document the country’s history. As senior officials often enter and leave federal service during times of presidential transition, there are several things they should know to properly manage and preserve their records.
June 30, 2021
Modernization Plum Book Political Appointments Transition 2020
Five questions about serving on federal boards, commissions and advisory committees
For senior officials, many of their records are permanently valuable and one day will be sent to the National Archives to help document the country’s history. As senior officials often enter and leave federal service during times of presidential transition, there are several things they should know to properly manage and preserve their records.
Ready to Serve
June 24, 2021
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