Publications

Slow Nominations and Confirmations Pose a Threat to National Security

May 24, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress,Data,National Security

Tags: national security,political appointments,Senate confirmation

Slow Nominations and Confirmations Pose a Threat to National Security

Data from the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition reveals chronic delays at nearly every step of the presidential nomination and congressional confirmation process—even for the national security positions that all stakeholders agree are essential to minimize threats during the first months of a new administration.

Leading Together

February 24, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointees

Tags: employee engagement,political appointees

Leading Together

One of the most influential elements of employee engagement is leadership, a critical issue for the federal government and its civilian employees who are led by both Senate-confirmed appointees and career executives. This exploratory analysis by the Partnership for Public Service's Center for Presidential Transition and Boston Consulting Group reviewed whether there is any difference in federal employee engagement if agency subcomponents are led by political appointees or by members of the career Senior Executive Service.

The 2020-21 Presidential Transition: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

January 20, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Tags: Center for Presidential Transition,Congress,federal agencies,Presidential Transition,Senate,White House

A new report by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group looks back at the 2020-21 presidential transition and offers key recommendations to improve future transfers of power.

Joe Biden’s First Year in Office: Nominations and Confirmations

January 9, 2022

Publication Type: Research and Publications

The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition has been tracking Senate-confirmed presidential appointments since late 2016. This year, we tracked and analyzed how President Joe Biden’s first year in office compares with the previous three presidents, examining his nominations and confirmations from Jan. 20, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.

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...

Looking Back: The Center for Presidential Transition’s Pivotal Role in the 2020–21 Trump to Biden Transfer of Power

April 14, 2021

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Looking Back: The Center for Presidential Transition’s Pivotal Role in the 2020–21 Trump to Biden Transfer of Power

Despite unprecedented challenges, President Biden oversaw one of the most well-planned presidential transitions in U.S. history. The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition supported this process behind the scenes, providing key insights to the Biden team as it prepared to potentially take office and working with stakeholders across government to facilitate an effective...

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.