Publications

Biden builds out his presidential transition operation

June 20, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The former VP is preparing to take power amid twin health and economic crises. By Mike Memoli While President Donald Trump eagerly returns to the campaign trail, Joe Biden is building out a team with an eye toward governing. Ted Kaufman, one of Biden’s longest-serving advisers, has tapped a half-dozen government veterans to work with him as part of a...

INSIGHT: It’s Not Too Early to Plan a Presidential Transition

May 26, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

It’s not too early for presidential transition planning to begin, Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Robert Rizzi says. In 2008 and 2012, the respectful (if wary) relationship between the candidates, and the outstanding cooperation of the White House, allowed transition teams to approach most issues by following past norms. By Bob Rizzi Now that the nominee...

Officials start planning for the next presidential transition

May 25, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

By Brian Naylor Even though Election Day 2020 is a little less than six months away, the law requires officials to start planning for the next presidential transition. It may have to be done virtually this year.

Ken Burns: Coronavirus pandemic is crisis “on the level” of Civil War and Great Depression

May 25, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

By Mike Allen Transition Lab, a new podcast hosted by David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, has recorded episodes about the transitions of Presidents Carter, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Trump. The state of play: Filmmaker Ken Burns and historian Geoffrey Ward, who have collaborated...

Planning still underway for presidential transition

May 21, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

By Tom Temin With a national election coming in November, the General Services Administration has been gearing up for presidential transition. It’s required to by law, which requires transition planning even if an incumbent is re-elected. For a look inside all of the planning, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with the director of the center for...

Trump Administration Details Efforts to Support Peaceful Presidential Transition

May 18, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Watchdog group points to “significant ethics problems” among some of the White House Transition Coordinating Council members. By Courtney Buble The General Services Administration is preparing office space at the Commerce Department for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee—presumed to be former Vice President Joe Biden—for use in planning to take the reins of power in...

Trump administration details efforts to support peaceful presidential transition

May 15, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Watchdog group points to “significant ethics problems” among some of the White House Transition Coordinating Council members. By Courtney Buble he General Services Administration is preparing office space at the Commerce Department for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee—presumed to be former Vice President Joe Biden—for use in planning to take the reins of power in...

White House Directs Agencies to Plan for Presidential Transition

April 28, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Under the law, agencies have until Friday to designate career officials to oversee planning. Just days ahead of a statutory deadline on Friday, the Trump administration on Monday released guidance for agencies to begin planning for a potential presidential transition next year.  The Office of Management and Budget sent a memo to the heads of all executive...

As first deadline approaches, Biden and Trump camps begin a delicate transition dance

April 27, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The administration has until May 3 to form a committee to begin transition planning, but Democrats worry that Trump will be disruptive. WASHINGTON — It may seem early, but federal law mandates that by Sunday the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and aides to the president he hopes to unseat must begin planning for...

Coronavirus Outbreak Could Make the Upcoming Presidential Transition the Toughest Since the Depression, Nonprofit Says

April 22, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

“I think that the current crisis makes this the most important and, perhaps, challenging transition since 1932,” resource center director says.   As the upcoming presidential changeover will occur on the heels of the global coronavirus pandemic, a nonprofit clearinghouse for transition information says planning is more important than ever.  The nonprofit Partnership for Public...