Publications

Analyses of Senate Confirmation Hearings

February 16, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Congress,Vetting

The Center for Presidential Transition examined the transcripts from the Senate confirmation hearings of 23 Cabinet-level and agency head positions. We isolated and categorized questions from the confirmation hearings of the two most recent officials confirmed for each selected position.

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...