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Communications Between Presidents and Their Successors

December 28, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 1988,1992,2000,2008,2016

Amid the political commentary and partisan sentiments surrounding a presidential transition, there are nonpartisan traditions that accompany the change in White House occupancy. Historic letters and telegrams from past presidential transitions show how outgoing presidents communicated with their successors.

Quotes from Transition Chairman Dick Cheney in November 2000

November 13, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,GSA

Following the 2000 election, Bush-Cheney Transition Chairman Dick Cheney communicated the implications of a delayed transition, the requirements of building a new government and his thoughts on the General Service Administration’s denial of transition resources. These quotes are primarily from news conferences on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, 2000.

Bush–Cheney Transition Director Memo on Transition

June 14, 2001

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,George W. Bush,Historical,Transition Management

Memorandum documenting the lessons learned by Clay Johnson, lead for the Bush–Cheney 2000 presidential transition. He focuses on all aspects of the transition process from stakeholder management, staffing the White house, appointing the Cabinet to building and managing a rapidly growing, temporary team.

Memorandum on Congressional Relations During Transition

April 10, 2001

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,George W. Bush,Transition Management

This memorandum, written by Dave Gribbin, Director of Congressional Relations for the George W. Bush transition, discusses lessons learned in his role during the transition. Gribbin discusses what actions he advocates future transitions should do and what actions they should not do.

Memorandum of Understanding Between President-elect George W. Bush and the White House

December 18, 2000

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,George W. Bush,Historical,Transition Management

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Office of President-elect Bush and the Clinton administration establishes the relationship between the transition team and the outgoing White House as required by the Presidential Transition Act. It includes provisions for transition procedures, identification of transition contacts and access to non-public government and transition information. This document was...

Bush-Cheney Transition Code of Ethical Conduct

December 15, 2000

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,Ethics,George W. Bush,Historical

The code of ethics details the expectations for members of President-elect Bush’s transition team. The document includes guidelines for conflicts of interest, accessing non-public information, accepting gifts and other standards of conduct expected from employees of the presidential transition team.

Clinton Chief of Staff Memo Requesting Appointee Resignations

November 29, 2000

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,Appointees,Bill Clinton

Memo dated Nov. 29, 2000 from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to Clinton administration political appointees requesting their resignation letters effective at noon on January 20, 2001. The memo provided sample text for resignations and were to be submitted no later than Dec. 15, 2000. Exceptions were made for U.S. Attorney and Marshals,...

Clinton Chief of Staff Memo Requesting White House Staff Resignations

November 29, 2000

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,Appointees,Bill Clinton

Memo dated Nov. 29, 2000 from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to Clinton administration staff working in the White House requesting their resignation letters effective at noon on January 20, 2001. The memo provided sample text for resignations and were to be submitted no later than Dec. 15, 2000.

2000 White House Memo on Presidential Transition Guidance

September 16, 2021

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,Bill Clinton,George W. Bush,John Kerry

Memorandum from White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to heads of executive departments and agencies regarding presidential transition guidance during the election recount in Florida. November 13, 2000 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies From: John Podesta, Chief of Staff Subject: Presidential Transition Guidance A number of agencies have raised questions...