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Roundup: Newly Minted Transition Resources

August 17, 2016

Gwynne Kostin, Senior Advisor, Center for Presidential Transition

The presidential transition is heating up. We rounded up four recently released resources to help teams inside and outside of government keep up-to-date.

  1. GSA Transition Directory. This online directory published by the General Services Administration (GSA) is designed to connect the people working on designing our next presidential administration with information and resources related to that effort. GSA just added a new “Transition Overview” that provides a synopsis of the 2016 presidential transition process. It outlines the major transition activities and governance structure, providing a quick guide of the major milestones that occur during the transition of power. You can find the new Transition Overview here.

    Source: Transition Overview, 2016 Presidential Transition

  2. The IBM Center for The Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service released a fourth report in the Management Roadmap series, “Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government: A Technology and Innovation Agenda for the Next Administration.” Authors Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst provide recommendations for incoming leaders to use innovation as a catalyst to achieve the new administration’s priorities. See more from the Management Roadmap.
  3. The Senior Executives Association’s Professional Development League released its inaugural transition handbook, designed specifically to help guide and advise federal career executives during the presidential transition. The handbook outlines transition basics and includes resources and advice to help steer career executives through the transition as well as help them engage new political leadership. Download the new handbook.

    BONUS: While you’re looking at the Senior Executive Service handbook, you might want to see this companion SES report from The Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey & Company.

  4. The White House Transition Project added “Rules Governing Presidential Transitions: Laws, Executive Orders, and Funding Provisions” to its published materials. The new report highlights the rules regulating presidential transitions that have been important from the modest staff and supply operations in 1964 to the full government pre-election operation of 2016. The entire report, including an extensive table of the laws and executive orders, is available here.

There are many more resources to support your role in transition in the Center for Presidential Transition Resource and Publication Library. Have a resource that we should include? Let us know.


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