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Move In Day

July 27, 2016

As the second presidential nominating convention comes to a close, transition activity will accelerate for both major party candidates. The end of the political conventions are triggers for official support to begin. Transition teams will not only move into official federal space in the next few weeks, but they will have a lot to do to be ready to govern on day one.

From the Center’s Presidential Transition Timeline, activities to get transition into high gear include:

  • Coordinate with the General Services Administration (GSA) to sign a memorandum of understanding to accept GSA-provided services.
  • Move into GSA-provided office space and organize equipment, supplies and a secure IT infrastructure.
  • Touch base with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) about the process for submitting security clearances for transition team members.
  • Submit to DOJ security clearances required for agency review team members, key advisors and staff who will need access to classified briefings.
  • Conduct a detailed historical review of transition activities of previous presidents-elect and build a comprehensive 75-day calendar for the president-elect.
  • Coordinate support for the vice president-elect and future first spouse. Build a calendar, organize offices and plan to accommodate family needs.
  • Onboard new staff the as transition team grows and oversee day-to-day logistics.
  • To jumpstart transition team efforts, we’ve pulled together examples and other tools in our transition publication and resource library. In addition, see the first chapters in the Center’s comprehensive Presidential Transition Guide.


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