This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Office of President-elect Bush and the Clinton administration establishes the relationship between the transition team and the outgoing White House as required by the Presidential Transition Act. It includes provisions for transition procedures, identification of transition contacts and access to non-public government and transition information. This document was signed by the White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and chairman of the president-elect’s transition team, Dick Cheney on December 18, 2000.

The code of ethics details the expectations for members of President-elect Bush’s transition team. The document includes guidelines for conflicts of interest, accessing non-public information, accepting gifts and other standards of conduct expected from employees of the presidential transition team.

Memo dated Nov. 29, 2000 from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to Clinton administration political appointees requesting their resignation letters effective at noon on January 20, 2001. The memo provided sample text for resignations and were to be submitted no later than Dec. 15, 2000. Exceptions were made for U.S. Attorney and Marshals, inspectors generals and appointees serving on a term appointment.

Memo dated Nov. 29, 2000 from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to Clinton administration staff working in the White House requesting their resignation letters effective at noon on January 20, 2001. The memo provided sample text for resignations and were to be submitted no later than Dec. 15, 2000.

Memorandum from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to heads of executive departments and agencies regarding presidential transition guidance during the election recount in Florida.

November 13, 2000

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

From: John Podesta, Chief of Staff

Subject: Presidential Transition Guidance

A number of agencies have raised questions about how they should handle requests for assistance or information by members of a Presidential Transition team. Because of the uncertainty over election results, no President-elect has been identified to receive Federal funds and assistance under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963. Until a President-elect is clearly identified, therefore, no transition assistance as contemplated under the Transition Act is available. You may continue to provide the kind of information or assistance, if any, that you typically provide to presidential candidates, and should continue to prepare for the Transition so that we are able to provide full assistance quickly to the Office of the President-elect.

Please contact Maria Echaveste, Deputy Chief of Staff, or Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs, with any questions.

This organizational chart displays the structure and personnel distribution of the Bush-Cheney Transition Team.

Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on reviewing the appointment of political appointees to career positions in the executive branch.