The Center is designed to help presidential candidates and federal agencies successfully navigate the presidential transition process, and to highlight the importance of ensuring that the winner of the 2020 election is fully prepared to govern.

While we work confidently with the presidential transition teams, our experts are available to the news media as a nonpartisan source of information on transition-related issues. These experts have been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, Special Report with Bret Baier, The Atlantic and US News and World Report, among others. Since 2016, we have collaborated with The Washington Post on a tracker following over 700 key executive branch positions requiring Senate-confirmation, including Cabinet secretaries, deputy and assistant secretaries and ambassadors.


For more information on our media efforts, please see our resources, or reach out to a member of our communications team:

Austin Laufersweiler 
Press Secretary
(202) 775-9111
[email protected]


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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Presidential Transition Act Summary

In passing the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, Congress explained: “Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established a framework for the federal government to prepare for a transition from one president to another.

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Political Appointee To Civil Servant: What the Public Should Know About “Burrowing In”

During election seasons, the status of political appointees in the federal workforce come under increased scrutiny. Under all recent presidents, some political appointees have attempted to become civil servants — a process commonly called “burrowing in.” Unlike political appointments, civil service positions do not terminate at the end of an administration. Conversion therefore allows political appointees to stay in government after the president who appointed them has left office.

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The Vacancies Act: Frequently Asked Questions

This resource provides answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.

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Is Joe Biden right that transition starts with an ‘apparent’ winner?

November 19, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Is Biden correct about the legal standard for the General Services Administration to initiate the transition process?

With transition stalled, Biden camp turns to former Trump administration officials for guidance

November 18, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is turning to a group of former officials, who served in the Trump administration, for guidance on major national security threats to the country, multiple sources confirmed to ABC News, a sign that the former vice president is plowing ahead with his transition to power despite unprecedented obstacles.

The Transition: The ‘traffic jam’ gets worse every day the White House delays

November 18, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition, has a traffic report for us on this special episode of the Political Theater podcast: If the Trump administration doesn’t start doing its part in the transition to the Biden administration, it’s going to cause backups in serving the public that threaten our well-being, even our…

Biden fills his West Wing. The Cabinet will wait

November 18, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The transition time between one presidential administration and the next is always frenetic, fast-paced and full of some uncertainty as campaigns try to morph into governments. Doing it during a surging pandemic and an economic downturn makes it even more important to hand things over the right way.

The Biden administration will be hit with multiple crises from the get-go

November 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

As soon as President-elect Joe Biden steps into the Oval Office in January, he will be hit with an onslaught of crises that will require immediate attention. 

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