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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

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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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Summary of the Presidential Records Act

The Presidential Records Act outlines requirements regarding the maintenance, access and preservation of presidential and vice-presidential information during and after a presidency. The act states that presidential records are the property of the United States and must be preserved in perpetuity.

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Overview of the Federal Records Act

The Federal Records Act outlines how federal agency employees should determine whether information they create qualifies as a federal record and governs how federal records are to be collected, retained, and eventually either destroyed or provided to the National Archives and Records Administration for permanent archiving.

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Understanding Federal Records Management during Presidential Transitions

For senior officials, many of their records are permanently valuable and one day will be sent to the National Archives to help document the country’s history. As senior officials often enter and leave federal service during times of presidential transition, there are several things they should know to properly manage and preserve their records.

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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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Presidential Transition Act: Requirements Post-Election

The modern-day Presidential Transition Act outlines multiple requirements for all stakeholders involved in presidential transitions. This document describes the requirements that apply to the post-election period.

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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 the current administration, please contact Chantelle Renn at [email protected].