Publications

Biden’s Cabinet half-empty after slow start in confirmations

March 2, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is taking shape at the slowest pace of any in modern history, with fewer than a dozen nominees for top posts confirmed more than a month into his tenure. Among Biden’s 23 nominees with Cabinet rank, just 11 have been confirmed by the Senate, or about half. According to the Center...

Biden’s confirmation traffic jam

February 26, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Biden has submitted more nominees to the Senate — but received fewer confirmations — than recent presidents, data from the The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition shows. Why it matters: The new president is facing a pandemic without a surgeon general or head of the Department of Health and Human Services, he...

Lack of Pentagon nominees could be harbinger of slow process

February 24, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

A month after the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, nominations for dozens of top Pentagon jobs have yet to be announced — and it may be quite some time before those roles are filled with confirmed individuals. Across the entire Biden administration, 58 individuals have been nominated for the roughly 1,250 Senate-confirmed spots as...

Biden administration transition cost nearly $20M more than Trump’s

February 22, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

President Biden’s transition effort cost many times that of President Donald Trump, though he also significantly outraised his predecessor. The president’s team spent nearly $24.4 million through mid-February, according to data disclosed on Monday by the General Services Administration, compared with $4.7 million spent by Trump’s team over the comparable period in 2017. Transitions are typically paid for by...

Transfer of Power: Most Expensive Transition Ever

February 22, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

The Biden transition team spent more than five times what President Trump’s transition spent four years ago — $24.4 million to Trump’s $4.7 million — according to new disclosures made public Monday. Biden’s transition spent nearly $13.7 million on payroll, more than 12 times what Trump’s transition spent on “payroll and tax expenses” four years ago. The...

Biden’s Cabinet is mostly empty amid Senate bottleneck despite Democratic control

February 22, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

More than two-thirds of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees are stuck in a procedural bottleneck as they wait to be considered by the Democratic-run chamber. Biden was sworn into office with more nominees ready to go than any of his recent predecessors. But only seven of his 23 Cabinet-level officials have been Senate-confirmed one month into...

The Biden backlog

February 18, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Nearly a month into President Biden’s presidency, just seven of Biden’s 23 Cabinet picks have been confirmed by the Senate — the lowest number of any president in decades. President Donald Trump had twice the number of Cabinet picks confirmed (14) by this point, Obama had 15 and President George W. Bush had 17 — all of...

The Nuts and Bolts of a Transition Organization

February 16, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Budget,Transition Management

This resource outlines the steps required to create, organize and run a transition team from an operational standpoint. Topics include setting up the 501(c)(4) nonprofit structure, budgeting and funding and establishing human resources functions. Sample position description for the operations director is also included.

Analyses of Senate Confirmation Hearings

February 16, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Congress,Vetting

The Center for Presidential Transition examined the transcripts from the Senate confirmation hearings of 23 Cabinet-level and agency head positions. We isolated and categorized questions from the confirmation hearings of the two most recent officials confirmed for each selected position.

Fact check: Presidential Transition Enhancement Act does not allow for former president to maintain control of the military until March

February 11, 2021

Publication Type: In the News

Posts circulating several weeks into the start of President Joe Biden’s administration claim that under the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2019, former President Donald Trump “retains control of the military until 60 days after the inauguration of a new President” and that according to the U.S. Constitution, “the full transition of power does not...