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.

Appointee Selection Process by Level of Appointee

January 20, 2016

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Appointments,Vetting

This chart discusses the sources of candidates, vetting process, official responsible for selection and timing for each of four levels of positions from the Cabinet level to White House personnel.

Key Steps for Cabinet-Level Candidates in a New Administration

January 20, 2016

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Appointments,Vetting

This chart provides timing and comments for each of the steps transition teams must take in order to properly identify and vet potential candidates for Cabinet-level positions.

Candidate Vetting Checklist

November 1, 2015

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Appointees,Appointments,Vetting

This checklist, developed by the law firms of Steptoe & Johnson and Allen & Overy, can be used to screen potential executive branch appointees for issues that commonly arise in the confirmation process. Questions are divided into the following eight sections: Tax Returns and Tax Return Preparation, Salary and Bonuses, Executive Compensation Arrangements, Household Employees...

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.