The guide for incoming Cabinet secretaries is designed to support a new secretary lead effectively from day one and make an impact as the leader of a large and complex organization. Informed by insights from senior federal leaders, it outlines best practices to build an effective team, advance the administration’s agenda, and work effectively with key stakeholders.

This guide and checklist outlines leading practices and key actions CHCOs can take to build effective relationships with new appointees during their first weeks and throughout the onboarding process to position them as a trusted advisor. It includes insights and advice from current and former CHCOs, appointees and other federal leaders.

This guide is designed to help a new deputy secretary lead effectively from day one. It outlines best practices a deputy secretary should follow to increase their impact and advance the priorities of the administration and department focusing on key people, issues, stakeholders and management practices. It was informed by insights from former deputy secretaries and other senior federal leaders. 

As part of our ongoing efforts to support new appointees, the Partnership for Public Service has developed a guidance checklist for Cabinet secretaries and agency leaders to prepare for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). In early May, OPM will release the survey to several hundred thousand employees across approximately 80 federal agencies and their subcomponents. The results of the survey will provide a snapshot of employee views that can be used to inform broader employee engagement efforts at your agency. This is a crucial part of each agency’s ability to deliver on its mission objectives.

Memo from Beth Cobert, Acting Director Office of Personnel Management announcing suspension of agency Senior Executive Service (SES) qualifications review boards (QRB) when agency heads depart, and across all agencies as of December 7, 2016. This memo also details the required resignations for non-term presidential appointees.

Report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that provides information on conversions of political appointees to career positions, and reviews the implementation and effectiveness of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) policy for reviewing conversions, which went into effect in 2010.

To facilitate the transition to a new administration, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its 2016 Presidential Transition Guide. The Guide provides the incoming administration and agency officials with transition responsibilities a detailed description of the various rules, regulations and policies that govern the establishment of transition teams.