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.