Publications

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918′

March 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now. Seven days before Donald Trump took office, his aides faced a major test: the rapid, global spread of a dangerous virus in cities like London and Seoul, one...

Presidential Transition Act Summary

March 10, 2020

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Presidential Transition Act Summary

Introduction In passing the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, Congress explained: “Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established a framework for the federal government to prepare for...

Trump Signs Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Ethics Requirements

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The bipartisan legislation also has requirements for GSA and other federal agencies. On Tuesday President Trump signed into law a bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before elections. The “2019 Presidential Transition Enhancement Act”...

GSA will lend more help to presidential transitions under new law

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Transitions between different presidential administrations might be slightly easier in the future, under a new law signed by President Donald Trump March 3. The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act requires agencies to establish plans for the changes in senior leadership positions in advance of the election, codifies the disclosure of transition ethics requirements and ensures that...

Trump Signs New Law Governing Presidential Transition Practices

March 4, 2020

A new set of rules and procedures for easing the transition from one presidential administration to the next will require agencies to have plans in place by Sept. 15 for filling all top leadership jobs, not just the head position. That requirement was one of several mandates for federal agencies included in a bill (S....

President Trump signs S. 394, the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act, into law

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: News Release

The Partnership for Public Service lauds President Trump for signing S.394, the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act, following approval of the bill by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by voice vote. The bill contains several provisions recommended by the Partnership for Public Service and will clarify ambiguities in existing law and build on...

Facilitating transitions in the government

February 6, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses what a presidential transition would mean for high-level vacancies, and why not every political appointee needs to go through Congress.

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Team Ethics Requirements

February 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before the election.

Substitutes are running the government as the Senate dawdles on confirmations

January 23, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A new report by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit good-government organization, sums up the current situation with this title: “Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl.” The crawl is a particular problem for sub-Cabinet appointees. Their nomination-to-confirmation waits under President Trump and former president Barack Obama have been about 3.5 times longer than timelines for...

The Senate Confirmation Process is Twice As Long Today As It Was During the Reagan Era

January 21, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Partnership for Public Service study highlights the importance of a president’s first and fifth years in getting vacancies filled.