A second term transition represents a unique opportunity for an administration to engage in a thorough evaluation of its governance, and to establish plans for personnel changes as well as improved policymaking, program effectiveness and management practices


We connect government leaders and key stakeholders to discuss management initiatives and workforce reforms that can impact the ability of government to provide quality services to the American people. Our research, expertise and political appointee orientation program can help an incumbent president use the transition to lay the groundwork for a successful second term.


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2020 Presidential Transition Guide

The Partnership’s comprehensive guide on the activities required during the transition. This updated guide, produced in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, features detailed outlines of transition best practices, historical materials from past transitions, and recommendations for a successful presidential transition to a new or second-term administration.

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Chapter 8 of our Presidential Transition Guide focuses on second term transitions.

Tracking Presidential Appointments

Along with The Washington Post, we are tracking roughly 700 key executive branch nominations through the confirmation process. See where President Donald Trump stacks up against historical 100 day totals for these appointed positions.

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From Decisions to Results: Building a More Effective Government Through a Transformed Office of Management and Budget

We suggest six target areas for the president to focus on in order to transform OMB into a hub for translating decisions made at the White House and Congress into results for citizens.

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Guidelines for Cabinet Orientation

Guidelines for conducting a Cabinet orientation.

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Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries

The guide for incoming cabinet deputy secretaries is designed to support a secretary lead effectively from their first day.

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Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

This guide is designed to help incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management lead effectively from their first day.

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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 the current administration, please contact Chantelle Renn at