From Reagan to Biden: Documents Showing the History of Inaugurations

January 14, 2021

Publication Type: Commentary,Research and Publications

Every four years, Inauguration Day has served as a symbol of the country’s commitment to democracy and a smooth transfer of power. Since George Washington was inaugurated in 1789, the list of traditions surrounding this monumental day has grown. This year, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on the West Front Terrace of the...

Frequently Asked Questions About the Political Appointment Process

November 30, 2020

Publication Type: Commentary

The Center for Presidential Transition has gathered answers to the most frequently asked questions about the political appointment process. For information about navigating this process, visit our Ready to Serve website.


November 8, 2020

Publication Type: Commentary

Publication Tags: Ascertainment

 November 8, 2020  The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition is the nation’s premier nonpartisan source of information and resources designed to help presidential candidates and their teams lay the groundwork for a new administration or for a president’s second term. The Center has been active in transition activities on a bipartisan basis...

Honoring Public Servants in the Midst of a Pandemic

May 4, 2020

Publication Type: Commentary

Government workers have long put their lives on the line to protect us but today, they’re doing so on a massive scale and under the most challenging circumstances. Federal, state, local, and tribal governments deliver vitally important services to the American people every day. Since 1985, Americans have honored our public employees during the first...

Open Letter from Bipartisan Center for Presidential Transition Advisory Board

January 20, 2020

Publication Type: Commentary

Open Letter from Bipartisan Center for Presidential Transition Advisory Board

This letter stresses the importance of early preparation by President Trump and the Democratic candidates to be equipped for a second term or new administration.

We’re paying too little attention to this endangered and essential national resource

October 7, 2018

Publication Type: Commentary

Last week, the risk to a precious national institution — to its quality and its independence and sheer ability to function — came into sharp focus. 

A government shutdown means Congress has failed. Remember when this was something to avoid?

January 18, 2018

Publication Type: Commentary

Careening from one budget crisis to another is no way to govern

December 9, 2017

Publication Type: Commentary

Foundations: However much you disagree with Trump, don’t abandon government

August 22, 2017

Publication Type: Commentary

President Trump’s controversial remarks after the clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., prompted many corporate executives to walk away from White House advisory councils, which were subsequently disbanded…