PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION CENTRAL

Given the short period of time between Election Day and the inauguration, cooperation between the outgoing and incoming administrations is more important than ever. 

The Center for Presidential Transition® has created a centralized resource hub for what you need to know about the transition period, past presidential transitions and how to become a political appointee. Scroll down to learn more and sign up for our newsletter.


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Nominations and Confirmations

What the 9/11 Commission Found: Slow Confirmations Imperil U.S. National Security
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Pace of Nominations: How Does Biden Compare With Previous Presidents?
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The Senate Should Act Quickly on Confirmations to Fight the COVID Pandemic
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Follow More Than 750 Key Government Appointments with the Biden Political Appointee Tracker
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Most Early Cabinet Secretary Picks Get Confirmed by the Senate With Little Opposition
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Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl
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What You Need To Know

Senate Traditionally Confirms First Cabinet Secretaries Within Days of Inauguration
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The Vacancies Act: Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 aims to encourage the president to fill the critical leadership positions requiring Senate confirmation by limiting the amount of days someone can serve in those roles in an acting capacity.

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We’ve Done This Before: Presidential Transitions During a Time of Crisis

Previous experiences can inform the work of the current presidential transition facing today’s unique challenges. This report includes eight recommendations for a president-elect’s transition team and an outgoing White House based on interviews with veterans of previous transitions and other experts.

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Transition Lab Podcast

Transition Lab is a must-listen for anyone interested in developing a better understanding of the transition period. Join David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition for candid discussions with former presidential chiefs of staff, transition team leads and other presidential transition experts.

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How Bush and Obama Collaborated To Address the Great Recession

Previous presidential transitions have occurred during times of crisis. During the 2008-2009 transition, the two sides closely cooperated to hand over management of the government during the financial crisis.

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Presidential Transition Act Summary

To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established the Presidential Transition Act as a framework for the federal government to prepare for a transition from one president to another.

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Political Appointments

How (Not) To Get a Job in an Administration: Five Lessons From Transition Experts
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Seeking a political appointment: Seven tips from a former special assistant to the president for presidential personnel
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Five tips for getting through the Senate confirmation process
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Ready to Serve

Serving America through a presidential appointment is a great honor and responsibility. But preparing to serve can be a complicated process and getting started early is important. Ready to Serve is our centralized resource that guides candidates through every step of the process.

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The Partnership for Public Service’s
Roadmap for Renewing our Federal Government

A pandemic. Economic turmoil. Racial injustice. Threats to national security. The nation’s future and our democracy depend on our ability to solve these challenges, and the federal government is the most powerful tool we have to drive change. In order to fulfill its promise, the government must do things differently. To that end, we propose an agenda to help revitalize the management, operations and effectiveness of our government.

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