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) 775-2747


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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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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October 1, 2020

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

January 17, 2016

Publication Type: In the News

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.

Max Stier joins Fox News’ Special Report to talk presidential transition

October 24, 2016

Publication Type: In the News

Congress tells Obama to start planning his departure

March 1, 2016

Publication Type: In the News

At the time, President Obama had nearly another 11 months in office, but under a new bill that passed Congress, his administration had to begin preparing to turn over the keys early.

Time to prepare

April 19, 2016

Publication Type: Commentary

We were in the midst of a tumultuous political season with much uncertainty, but no matter what, we knew our nation would inaugurate a new president in January 2017. The candidates who were asking voters for support had a dual obligation – to campaign vigorously and to start preparing for the hard work of governing.

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