Communicate rule-making deadlines to agencies
Prepare a complete inventory of all presidentially appointed positions, along with brief descriptions of responsibilities, to hand over to each candidate’s transition team
Because of the importance of the presidential personnel selection process in a transition, the White House should facilitate the handover by preparing a list of all the presidentially appointed positions in the federal government, along with a brief description of their responsibilities, and share this list with the candidates’ transition teams. This list is currently required by the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and should include a count of the number of each type of personnel (PAS, PA, SES, Schedule C) as well as their distribution throughout the various agencies and the White House. This list was compiled by the Bush administration well before the election, and the information in it served as the basis for the Obama transition team’s personnel planning.