Publications

Communications Between Presidents and Their Successors

December 28, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 1988,1992,2000,2008,2016

Amid the political commentary and partisan sentiments surrounding a presidential transition, there are nonpartisan traditions that accompany the change in White House occupancy. Historic letters and telegrams from past presidential transitions show how outgoing presidents communicated with their successors.

2020 Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resources Management Matters

December 21, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: Office of Personnel Management

To facilitate the transition to a new administration, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its 2020 Presidential Transition Guide. The Guide provides the incoming administration and agency officials with transition responsibilities a detailed description of the various rules, regulations and policies that govern the establishment of transition teams.

Letter from GSA Administrator Ascertaining Apparent Winner of 2020 Election

November 23, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2020,Agencies,Agency Landing Teams,GSA,Joe Biden,National Security,Security Clearance

Letter ascertaining the winner of the 2020 presidential election from GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 23, 2020, which triggers to resources and support from the General Services Administration in support of the presidential transition.

Quotes from Transition Chairman Dick Cheney in November 2000

November 13, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2000,GSA

Following the 2000 election, Bush-Cheney Transition Chairman Dick Cheney communicated the implications of a delayed transition, the requirements of building a new government and his thoughts on the General Service Administration’s denial of transition resources. These quotes are primarily from news conferences on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, 2000.

Biden-Harris Transition Team Ethics Plan

September 30, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2020,Ethics,Joe Biden

As required by law, the Biden-Harris Transition Team released their ethics plan and code of ethical conduct, which transition team members are required to abide by throughout the presidential transition. The code addresses conflicts of interest, lobbying, access to non-public information, engaging with federal agencies and federal property and soliciting and accepting gifts.

Memorandum of Understanding Between Joe Biden and GSA

September 3, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2020,GSA,Joe Biden,Transition Management

The 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Joe Biden transition team and the General Services Administration establishing the support and services the transition team will receive as described in the Presidential Transition Act. This document was signed by the Elizabeth Cain from GSA and a representative from the eligible candidate.

GSA’s 2020 Presidential Transition Activities 3-Month Report to Congress

August 3, 2020

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2020,GSA,National Archives and Records Administration,Office of Government Ethics,Office of Personnel Management

The report that the General Services Administration submitted to Congress on the presidential transition three months ahead of the election, as required by law. This document covers the meetings of the White House Coordinating Council and career Agency Transition Directors Council and activities of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of...

Memorandum of Understanding Between Trump for America and GSA

August 1, 2016

Publication Type: Historical Documents

Publication Tags: 2016,Donald Trump,GSA

The 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Trump for American transition team and the General Services Administration establishing the support and services the transition team will receive as described in the Presidential Transition Act. This document was signed by the GSA Federal Transition Coordinator, Tim Horne, and Trump for America Executive Director, Rich Bagger.