Publications

The Pace of Appointments and Confirmations to Senate-confirmed Positions During a President’s First Two Years

January 26, 2023

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Data,Joe Biden

Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition has been tracking the rate of submissions and confirmations for each of the last few administrations. The following data was compiled to compare how President Joe Biden’s first two years in...

White House Guidance to Agencies

September 14, 2016

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2016,Agencies,Barack Obama,GSA,Office of Management and Budget

This is a memorandum to agency transition directors and agency points of contact on transition from Anita Breckenridge, deputy chief of staff at the White House, Andrew Mayock, deputy director for management at OMB and Tim Horne, federal transition coordinator at GSA. The memo, released on Sept. 14, 2016, provides guidance on presidential transition preparations,...

Guidance to President’s Management Council

August 21, 2012

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2012,Agencies,Barack Obama,Office of Management and Budget,Second term

This memo shares guidance and deadlines on transition planning to the President’s Management Council from the White House and OMB officials, including Alyssa Mastromonaco, Jeff Zients, Chris Lu and Nancy Hogan from August 2012. It includes guidance regarding naming a career agency lead for transition preparations, reviewing lines of succession, preparing agency briefing materials.

(Not So) Privileged Nomination Calendar: Nominees in a streamlined Senate confirmation process are taking almost 50% longer to confirm than all other nominees   

May 24, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress,Data,National Security

Tags: national security,political appointments,Senate confirmation

(Not So) Privileged Nomination Calendar: Nominees in a streamlined Senate confirmation process are taking almost 50% longer to confirm than all other nominees   

The Senate created the privileged nomination process more than a decade ago, a procedure designed to speed up the confirmation of nominees for roughly 280 positions that are typically noncontroversial. Despite this well-intentioned effort, nominees on the privileged calendar are worse off today than they were before the reform was adopted.

Slow Nominations and Confirmations Pose a Threat to National Security

May 24, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress,Data,National Security

Tags: national security,political appointments,Senate confirmation

Slow Nominations and Confirmations Pose a Threat to National Security

Data from the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition reveals chronic delays at nearly every step of the presidential nomination and congressional confirmation process—even for the national security positions that all stakeholders agree are essential to minimize threats during the first months of a new administration.

Leading Together

February 24, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees

Tags: employee engagement,political appointees

Leading Together

One of the most influential elements of employee engagement is leadership, a critical issue for the federal government and its civilian employees who are led by both Senate-confirmed appointees and career executives. This exploratory analysis by the Partnership for Public Service's Center for Presidential Transition and Boston Consulting Group reviewed whether there is any difference in federal employee engagement if agency subcomponents are led by political appointees or by members of the career Senior Executive Service.

The 2020-21 Presidential Transition: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

January 20, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Tags: Center for Presidential Transition,Congress,federal agencies,Presidential Transition,Senate,White House

A new report by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group looks back at the 2020-21 presidential transition and offers key recommendations to improve future transfers of power.

Joe Biden’s First Year in Office: Nominations and Confirmations

January 9, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition has been tracking Senate-confirmed presidential appointments since late 2016. This year, we tracked and analyzed how President Joe Biden’s first year in office compares with the previous three presidents, examining his nominations and confirmations from Jan. 20, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.

Partnership for Public Service statement on nomination of leadership positions at the Office of Management and Budget

November 24, 2021

Publication Type: News Release

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service today released the following statement from President and CEO Max Stier after President Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Shalanda Young to be the Office of Management and Budget director and Nani Coloretti to be the agency’s deputy director. “A well-functioning Office of Management and Budget with effective,...