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Understanding Federal Records Management during Presidential Transitions

Understanding Federal Records Management during Presidential Transitions

November 13, 2020

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.

How Does the GSA “Ascertain” the Outcome of an Election? An Inside Look at the GSA, Ascertainment and the 2000 Election

How Does the GSA “Ascertain” the Outcome of an Election? An Inside Look at the GSA, Ascertainment and the 2000 Election

November 9, 2020

On this week’s episode of Transition Lab, host David Marchick unpacks the contested 2000 presidential election with David J. Barram, who served as administrator of the General Services Administration from 1996-2000. Barram discusses the process of ascertainment, his work during the 2000 election and how that contest differed from the 2020 race.

John Podesta on the 2020 Presidential Transition

John Podesta on the 2020 Presidential Transition

November 2, 2020

John Podesta talked to Transition Lab Host David Marchick about his transition experiences during victorious and unsuccessful elections, offered advice on political and judicial appointments, suggested climate change will be high on Joe Biden’s agenda if he wins and discussed the challenges Biden may face with the Trump White House if he becomes the president-elect.

Breaking the Fifth-year Curse: Transition Planning for Presidents Seeking Reelection Has Been Under-explored and Undervalued

Breaking the Fifth-year Curse: Transition Planning for Presidents Seeking Reelection Has Been Under-explored and Undervalued

October 27, 2020

After winning reelection, fifth-year presidents should be well positioned to pursue their policy agenda. Modern two-term presidents, however, have tended to struggle in their fifth year. This is largely because recent administrations viewed the transition from a first to a second term as a continuation rather than a time of change and renewal.

Tips for Federal Agencies When Creating Transition Briefing Materials

Tips for Federal Agencies When Creating Transition Briefing Materials

October 22, 2020

While federal law requires agency transition teams to “create briefing materials related to the presidential transition that may be requested by eligible candidates,” it does not specify what contents should be included. Based on guidance issued by OMB and GSA, as well as best practices from past transitions, the following tips will help agencies maximize the effectiveness of their briefing materials.

Planning Transitions During Unprecedented Times: A Virtual Conference

Planning Transitions During Unprecedented Times: A Virtual Conference

October 19, 2020

On October 2, the Center for Presidential Transition, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and several presidential foundations and libraries hosted a virtual conference called “Talking Transitions: Perspectives for First-term and Second-term Administrations.” The event included former government officials, journalists and scholars to discuss managing presidential transitions during national crises.