Phil Schiliro and Candi Wolff on the Senate’s Role in a Presidential Transition
In this episode, host David Marchick speaks with Schiliro and Wolff about how legislative affairs teams help move presidential nominees through the Senate, the slow Senate confirmation process and how President-elect Biden might manage his relationship with the Senate in 2021.
Biden’s Cabinet Nominees: A Commitment to Diverse Leadership
President-elect Biden has announced 24 people to fill Cabinet positions as determined by The Washington Post. Of those, 17 are identified as women, people of color or LGBTQ.
Melody Barnes on the 2008 Transition and What Lies Ahead for the Biden-Harris Team
In this episode of Transition Lab, Melody Barnes joined host David Marchick to discuss post-election transition planning, how new administrations plan and implement policy and why we need a smooth transfer of power today.
How (Not) To Get a Job in an Administration: Five Lessons From Transition Experts
With less than three weeks to go before the presidential election, job seekers for either a Trump second term or a Biden first term are dusting off their resumes and positioning themselves for potential appointments. During our Transition Lab podcasts, a number of transition veterans detailed some of the least productive approaches for prospective job candidates. The following is a list of five lessons derived from these conversations. If you stick to them, you can reduce the possibility that your resume ends up in the recycling bin!
Political Appointee To Civil Servant: What the Public Should Know About “Burrowing In”
During election seasons, the status of political appointees in the federal workforce come under increased scrutiny. Under all recent presidents, some political appointees have attempted to become civil servants — a process commonly called “burrowing in.” Unlike political appointments, civil service positions do not terminate at the end of an administration. Conversion therefore allows political appointees to stay in government after the president who appointed them has left office.
Michael Froman on selecting a president-elect’s Cabinet
In this episode of Transition Lab, host David Marchick asks Michael Froman for an inside look at the world of vetting, selecting and appointing key presidential personnel.
Five tips for getting through the Senate confirmation process
The opportunity to serve in a presidentially-appointed position in the federal government is a unique privilege and honor. For some positions, this means nominees must traverse the difficult Senate confirmation process before they can take office. The confirmation process can be one of the biggest challenges a nominee will face in their lifetime. Here’s some advice for navigating that process.
The Impact of the 9/11 Commission on Current Presidential Transition Planning
Presidential transitions are a time of great vulnerability for our nation, with a significant turnover in national security personnel occurring when the nation may be facing a foreign policy crisis or an adversary willing to cause significant trouble. Many of the laws and norms that presidential transitions follow today were put in place based on lessons learned in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Impact the Presidential Transition
The winner of this November’s presidential election will face daunting challenges—a devastating pandemic, a major economic crisis, civil unrest stemming from racial inequality and a long list of pressing domestic and national security issues. These are momentous times that accentuate the need for presidential transition planning, whether it’s a first term for Democratic candidate Joseph Biden or a second term for President Donald Trump.
I Was Offered a Political Appointment—How Much Will I Be Paid?
Being offered a political appointment can be an opportunity to serve the public and the president, do meaningful work and make a difference. But after the excitement fades, it is time to get into the details, including one of the most important considerations for many people—the pay.