July 2016

March 8, 2019
Incoming Administration: Appointments


Wave I: Work with policy and agency review teams to create Wave I position descriptions (through August)

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 5, Interaction between the agency review, policy and personnel teams

Wave I: Create long lists for Wave I positions, incorporating input from the agency review teams (through August)

Reach out to the Department of Justice and the FBI to discuss goals for confirmations and work backwards to determine when candidate names must be submitted to begin background investigations

Meet with the Office of Government Ethics (through August)


Build out the staffing and vetting team (through July)
Categorize and prioritize all positions into priority tiers (e.g., Wave I positions, Wave II positions, Wave III positions) (through July)

Presidential Transition Guide, Ch. 3, Determine Priority Presidential Appointments

Top priority positions include the White House chief of staff, key White House advisors, key management positions and the heads and deputy heads of major federal agencies—particularly those agencies with a role in national, homeland and economic security. While the White House chief of staff will take the lead in filling White House positions, the appointments team and later the Office of Presidential Personnel should assist as needed, and should vet Cabinet secretaries, subcabinet and agency heads with thoughtful consideration as to how each will contribute to the overarching goals of the administration, and how appointees will function as a team and not just as individuals.

Design processes for identifying and vetting PAS position candidates (through July)