Identify a senior career official to serve as transition coordinator and oversee transition planning
Send a memorandum to agencies to direct them to start preparing for the transition (outlining activities that include: preparing briefing materials by November 1; preparing career executives to temporarily fill appointed positions of departing officials; and developing training for incoming appointees)
Send a memorandum to the heads of all executive departments and agencies, directing that all regulations be proposed no later than June 1 and issued no later than Nov. 1
The incumbent administration can facilitate a smooth presidential transition by setting clear guidelines and instructions to the various federal agencies about how to cooperate and what materials to prepare. The Bush administration did this by issuing a transition guidance memorandum in July of the election year to the President’s Management Council, comprised of deputy secretaries and chief operating officers of each major agency. This memo instructed agencies to identify a career official to serve as their transition coordinator and as the main liaison between the agency and the president-elect’s transition team. The memo also gave broad guidance to provide the transition teams with whatever information they required to prepare for the handover and to be as helpful and transparent as possible during the transition.
- Memo from President George W. Bush Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten on Midnight Regulations
- Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Memorandum for Deputy Secretaries