CAMPAIGN TEAMS

While presidential campaigns focus on winning the election, the candidates must simultaneously set up separate transition operations to prepare for governing in the event of victory. Serious transition planning must begin well in advance of the November election on issues ranging from policy and political appointments to the work of agencies and the management of the government. Candidates must not only be ready to fulfill campaign promises but be fully prepared on Inauguration Day to respond at a moment’s notice to a domestic or international crisis.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

The Center supports the smooth and effective transfer of power by providing critical assistance for candidates on how to organize and execute a successful presidential transition. We offer guidance on the selection of presidential appointees and preparing them to lead; insights on gathering critical information on the work of federal agencies; confidential access to former transition leaders and to experts on a wide range of issues needed to prepare a new president assuming the reins of power.  

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RESOURCES

Presidential Transition Guide

Comprehensive guide to the activities required during the transition, produced in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group.

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Transition Overview from General Services Administration

The Transition Overview, published by the General Services Administration, provides a synopsis of the 2016 presidential transition process outlining major transition activities and governance structure.

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Position Descriptions for Senate Confirmed Appointments

Over 400 sample job descriptions, broken out by agency and by title, for senior positions that are Senate-confirmed presidential appointments.

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It is not too early to get ready for the White House

Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the 2016 launch of the Center for Presidential Transition, providing information that is still relevant today.

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The most important takeover of any organization in history

On November 8, 2016, a presidential race will finally end. The message to both candidates remains pretty much the same: The success of your presidency depends on how you plan for it.

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DO YOU NEED TRANSITION PLANNING ASSISTANCE?

The Center can provide critical assistance on how to organize and execute a transition; help agency career executives prepare for new political leadership; offer guidance to political appointees on the unique aspects of government leadership; and engage with Congress to promote transition reforms. In addition, the Center can offer insights to help incumbent presidents prepare for a second term and advice on the steps needed for a smooth transfer of power in the event that a new president is elected.

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To learn more about the Center’s work with campaign teams, please contact Shannon Carroll at scarroll@ourpublicservice.org.