Publications

Presidential Appointments Vetting Guide: Precedents, Authorities, and Case Studies

July 1, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointments,Ethics,Financial Disclosure,Office of Government Ethics,Vetting

This document, prepared by the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition and the law firms, of Steptoe & Johnson and Holland & Knight, collects historical examples of decisions previous administrations have made when vetting prospective political appointees.  It includes updates for the 2020 presidential transition cycle.

Office of Government Ethics Guide for the Presidential Transition Team

August 8, 2016

Publication Type: External Resource

Publication Tags: Appointees,Ethics,Financial Disclosure,Office of Government Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) transition guide for the White House and their appointees outlines the ethics and reporting process for new appointees. Includes a comprehensive listing of laws and regulations on ethics, investment funds, and financial disclosure.

Obama-Biden Transition Project Memorandum on In-Kind Contributions

October 24, 2008

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2008,Barack Obama,Ethics,Financial Disclosure,Historical,Transition Management

This memo to the Obama transition leadership team addresses the issue of whether in-kind contributions of goods and services from the campaign count against donation caps. The discussion focuses on the rules in the Presidential Transition Act, campaign finance rules and reporting requirements.

Conflict-of-Interest Controls: Documented Recusal Obligations of Top Political Appointees in the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency

April 7, 1995

Publication Type: External Resource

Publication Tags: Appointees,Ethics,Financial Disclosure,Historical,Vetting

The principal purpose of this fact sheet is to identify the extent of and the bases for the promises made by 41 Senate-confirmed political appointees in the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disqualify themselves from certain agency matters to avoid conflicts between their personal interests and their governmental responsibilities.