May 2016

December 17, 2018
Incoming Administration: Agency Review


Prioritize agencies into three tiers by size and complexity
Design organizational structure for agency review team (through June)

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 5, Major Steps in the Agency Review Process, Develop and Staff Agency Review Teams

The agency review team must anticipate that it will grow significantly over the course of the transition’s three phases, from a handful of staff at the outset to a large team that will have to gather information on nearly 100 federal agencies across government after Election Day. This requires working closely with the transition operations team to bring on additional staff quickly, including people from the campaign with relevant backgrounds as well as outside experts.

Furthermore, agency review personnel are generally an important source of new appointees for the incoming administration. Having them serve on an agency review team is useful because it is typically an unspoken way of onboarding these appointees. Transition leaders should keep this in mind as they staff the individual review teams.


Appoint Head of Agency Review (April–May)

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 2, Key Transition Leadership Activities, Agency Review

A new president is the CEO of the world’s most complex enterprise. The chief executive needs an agency review manager who will have the ability to obtain a clear understanding of the many agencies in the federal government and how they work together. The agency review manager also will need to identify pressing issues that will have to be addressed, and prepare transition teams to move into each agency following the Inauguration to share and collect information and facilitate the transfer of leadership.

The agency review manager will have to coordinate closely with both the policy and personnel teams. The agency review manager also should be someone who endeavors to collaborate with the career staff and outgoing political team. This person will be responsible for organizing and managing a large number of people and should have strong organizational skills.