Publications

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...

The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service announce the launch of Political Appointee Tracker for Biden-Harris administration

December 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service today announced the launch of the Political Appointments Tracker to follow and analyze the progress of President-elect Biden’s Senate-confirmed political appointments. The tracker, first launched in 2016, will allow readers to track more positions than ever before, and provide historical comparisons to past administrations, starting with the Trump administration, and data visualizations...

Senate Republicans Start Vetting Biden’s Cabinet Picks

December 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are beginning to work through the confirmation process in the Republican-controlled Senate as transition officials and Democrats press to avoid delays in putting key people in place amid the pandemic.

Ask PolitiFact: How hard will it be for Joe Biden to get his Cabinet confirmed?

December 14, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

President-elect Joe Biden has steadily added to his list of prospective Cabinet nominees. What reception can they look forward to in the Senate? In all likelihood, a rough one.

Lack of transition support from OPM raises concerns the agency has become politicized

December 14, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A series of recent moves involving the Office of Personnel Management is reinvigorating concerns the agency has become increasingly politicized at a time when it’s supposed to help agencies oversee the ongoing presidential transition.

Morale Down, Federal Workforce Gets Ready For A New Boss

December 11, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

When President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month, one of his first challenges will be the nearly 2 million-member federal workforce. Morale is down in many agencies after four years of attacks on the civil service from President Trump.

Lawmakers seem to agree the Presidential Transition Act could use some work

December 10, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

There’s little members of Congress seem to agree on when it comes to the events of the current presidential transition. But they might just agree that the 57-year-old Presidential Transition Act isn’t as clear as they’d like it to be, particularly in detailing specific criteria that the General Services Administration should use to formally ascertain...

Transition Roundup: Hearing Examines Transition Improvements; Biden Announces More Personnel Picks

December 10, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Congressional overseers have started looking into the presidential transition and how to make transfers of power smoother. During a hearing held by the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations on Thursday, Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, gave the following recommendations for Congress to improve future presidential transition.

Some GOP senators may stall Biden confirmations

December 10, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Some Senate Republicans are refusing to commit to confirmation hearings or votes for Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks while election challenges from President Trump and others continue to play out.

There Is No Room to Mess Up This Presidential Transition

December 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Seventy-eight: That’s the number of days between the presidential election and the presidential inauguration. Much needs to be accomplished in those days for the peaceful transition of power. The stakes are higher than you think, and there are life-and-death implications for the lives of millions of Americans affected by our system of the transfer of...