Publications

Presidential Transition Act Summary

March 10, 2020

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Presidential Transition Act Summary

Introduction In passing the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, Congress explained: “Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established a framework for the federal government to prepare for...

Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl

January 20, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Congress,Second term

Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl

New data from the Partnership for Public Service found that Senate confirmation of presidential appointees are taking longer than ever. Why it Matters A major presidential responsibility is to fill more than 1,200 political appointments requiring Senate confirmation. Few decisions have a greater impact on the success of an administration than the selection of its people....

A Guide for Chief Human Capital Officers: Supporting New Appointees

January 16, 2020

Publication Type: Research and Publications

A Guide for Chief Human Capital Officers: Supporting New Appointees

This guide outlines leading practices and key actions CHCOs can take to build effective relationships with new appointees during their first weeks and throughout the onboarding process to position them as a trusted advisor. It includes insights and advice from current and former CHCOs, appointees and other federal leaders.

Cabinet turnover after re-election highlights the need for 2nd-term transition planning

November 6, 2019

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Data,Second term

Cabinet turnover after re-election highlights the need for 2nd-term transition planning

Second-term presidents are faced with monumental challenges and need to be prepared for changes in critical leadership jobs. New data compiled by the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition shows that the last three presidents each experienced significant Cabinet-level turnover soon after their 2nd inauguration.

Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

September 6, 2018

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Agencies,Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Management

Guide for Incoming Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Management

The guide for incoming assistant secretaries for administration and management (ASAM) is designed to support an ASAM lead effectively from their first day. It has been developed with input from current and former ASAMs and lists key actions a new ASAM can take to accelerate their impact during their first month on the job. It...

Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries

March 8, 2018

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Management

Guide for Incoming Cabinet Deputy Secretaries

The guide for incoming cabinet deputy secretaries is designed to support a deputy secretary lead effectively from their first day. It lists what they need to know, who they need to meet and what they need to communicate. The checklist incorporates feedback from former deputy secretaries and the most recently available calendars for former deputy...

Presidential Transition Guide

January 17, 2018

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Appointments,Ethics,Policy,Transition Management

Presidential Transition Guide

The Partnership’s comprehensive guide to the activities required during the transition. This updated guide, produced in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group, features detailed outlines of the transition practices, archival materials from past transitions, and recommendations for a successful presidential transition.

The Vacancies Act: Frequently Asked Questions

November 1, 2017

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: Laws and Regulations

The Vacancies Act: Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 aims to encourage the president to fill the critical leadership positions requiring Senate confirmation ( so-called PAS positions) by limiting the amount of days someone can serve in those roles in an acting capacity. So who can fill a vacant PAS position? How long can an acting official...

Agency Transition Guide

August 22, 2017

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Tags: 2016,Agencies,Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Appointments,Management,Policy,Transition Management

Agency Transition Guide

Federal agencies face a cascading series of challenges before and after a presidential election and into the early months of a new administration. Throughout the transition, the Partnership for Public Service brought together agency transition leaders from nearly 40 agencies to help improve this process.  From these convenings, the Partnership and The Boston Consulting Group have...

A Guide for Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Leaders Preparing for the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

April 21, 2017

Publication Type: Tools and Templates

Publication Tags: 2016,Agency Landing Teams,Appointees,Management

As part of our ongoing efforts to support new appointees, the Partnership for Public Service has developed a guidance checklist for Cabinet secretaries and agency leaders to prepare for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). In early May, OPM will release the survey to several hundred thousand employees across approximately 80 federal agencies and their...