Publications and Resources

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A Late Start to a Transition Can Delay Filling Key Leadership Positions Critical for the American People

November 17, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Further delays by the General Services Administration in recognizing the outcome of the Nov. 3 election could impede the ability of President-elect Joe Biden to make timely and critical appointments for key COVID-19 and national security-related positions, thereby weakening the government’s ability to protect our nation and distribute life-saving vaccines. 

Summary of the Presidential Records Act

November 13, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: National Archives and Records Administration

The Presidential Records Act outlines requirements regarding the maintenance, access and preservation of presidential and vice-presidential information during and after a presidency. The act states that presidential records are the property of the United States and must be preserved in perpetuity.

Overview of the Federal Records Act

November 13, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: National Archives and Records Administration

The Federal Records Act outlines how federal agency employees should determine whether information they create qualifies as a federal record and governs how federal records are to be collected, retained, and eventually either destroyed or provided to the National Archives and Records Administration for permanent archiving.

Top 15 Costs of Delaying the Presidential Transition

November 13, 2020

Publication Type: Commentary,Research and Publications

Publication Tags: 2020,GSA,Transition Management

With a little over two months before Inauguration Day and the country facing a raging pandemic, an economic crisis and numerous national security and domestic challenges, the cost of withholding critical federal transition support increases every day.

What Happens During a Transition Period

November 7, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Considering the size of the U.S. government, the importance of its responsibilities and the short time between the election and the inauguration, transitions are always a tall order. But the stakes could not be higher this year.

Presidential Transition Act Post Election Requirements

November 7, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

The modern-day Presidential Transition Act outlines multiple requirements for all stakeholders involved in presidential transitions. This document describes the requirements that apply to the post-election period.

How Newly Elected Presidents Spend Their Time

November 7, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

This study, prepared by the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition and the Boston Consulting Group, analyzes how newly elected presidents have allocated their time between the election and the inauguration, how their spouses handled the transition and the post-election roles taken by presidential running mates.

How Bush and Obama Created a Gold Standard Transition

November 7, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

The transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama presents a model of how two administrations from different parties can work together to keep America secure in the face of challenges at home and abroad.

How Bush and Obama Collaborated to Address the Great Recession

November 7, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Previous presidential transitions have occurred during times of crisis. During the 2008-2009 transition, the two sides closely cooperated to hand over management of the government during the financial crisis.

President Obama Cabinet Nominations Data

July 28, 2020

Publication Type: External Resource

Publication Tags: Appointees,Congress,Data

Data on President Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominations from the Senate. This includes nominees’ names and dates of their nomination announcement, hearing, received in the Senate and confirmation.