Publications

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...

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...

Partnership for Public Service: a conversation with Dave Marchick

April 13, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The Business of Government Radio Hour, hosted by Michael J. Keegan, features a conversation with a federal executive who is changing the way government does business. The executives discuss their careers and the management challenges facing their organizations.  Join host Michael Keegan and Center for Presidential Transition director Dave Marchick as they discuss the history...

In scramble for supplies, states start banding together

April 10, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

During disasters, the federal government backs up the states. But when the crisis is nationwide, a lack of coordination can lead to mayhem. Some are pushing for an overarching “czar,” as states scramble to fill the gaps. President Donald Trump calls himself a “wartime president” against an “invisible enemy,” the novel coronavirus.   Indeed, there is...

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918′

March 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now. Seven days before Donald Trump took office, his aides faced a major test: the rapid, global spread of a dangerous virus in cities like London and Seoul, one...

Trump Signs Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Ethics Requirements

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The bipartisan legislation also has requirements for GSA and other federal agencies. On Tuesday President Trump signed into law a bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before elections. The “2019 Presidential Transition Enhancement Act”...

GSA will lend more help to presidential transitions under new law

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Transitions between different presidential administrations might be slightly easier in the future, under a new law signed by President Donald Trump March 3. The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act requires agencies to establish plans for the changes in senior leadership positions in advance of the election, codifies the disclosure of transition ethics requirements and ensures that...

Trump Signs New Law Governing Presidential Transition Practices

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A new set of rules and procedures for easing the transition from one presidential administration to the next will require agencies to have plans in place by Sept. 15 for filling all top leadership jobs, not just the head position. That requirement was one of several mandates for federal agencies included in a bill (S....