June 2016

March 8, 2019
Incoming Administration: Appointments


Determine all positions that need to be filled
Build out the staffing and vetting team (through July)
Set deadlines and targets for filling roles (e.g., by Inauguration, first 100 days, first 200 days)
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)


Plum Book 2012

Plum Book Dataset