Publications

Pace of confirmations: How does Biden compare with previous presidents at the August recess?

September 9, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. This paper includes a comparison of how President Joe Biden’s pace of appointments and confirmations compares with the previous three presidents at the August recess. For a detailed list of many key nominees and their statuses, see the Biden Political Appointee...

Pace of Senate confirmations: How does Biden compare with previous presidents?

August 2, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,200 of which require Senate confirmation. This paper includes a comparison of how President Joe Biden’s pace of appointments and confirmations compares with the previous three presidents at the 200 days mark. For a detailed list of many key nominees and their statuses, see the Biden...

The Nuts and Bolts of a Transition Organization

February 16, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Budget,Transition Management

This resource outlines the steps required to create, organize and run a transition team from an operational standpoint. Topics include setting up the 501(c)(4) nonprofit structure, budgeting and funding and establishing human resources functions. Sample position description for the operations director is also included.

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.

Guide for Incoming Cabinet Secretaries

February 3, 2021

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: 2020,Appointees,Management

Guide for Incoming Cabinet Secretaries

The guide for incoming Cabinet secretaries is designed to support a new secretary lead effectively from day one and make an impact as the leader of a large and complex organization. Informed by insights from senior federal leaders, it outlines best practices to build an effective team, advance the administration’s agenda, and work effectively with key stakeholders.

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...

Pace of Nominations: How Does Biden Compare With Previous Presidents?

January 14, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Presidents are responsible for about 4,000 political appointments, about 1,250 of which require Senate confirmation. They must also staff the White House. This memo includes a comparison of how Biden’s pace of announcements compares with the previous three presidents. For a detailed list of the nominees and their statuses, see the Biden Political Appointee Tracker...

Appointments and Transition

January 5, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

This slide deck, based on research from the Center for Presidential Transition, highlights challenges and trends in the Senate confirmation process.

The Precedent for Pre-Inaugural Hearings

December 16, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress

Pre-inaugural hearings help ensure that a new president’s team is confirmed quickly and are ready to govern on day one. These hearings are traditionally granted to nominees for senior Cabinet positions and are essential at the start of a new administration.