Publications

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918′

March 17, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now. Seven days before Donald Trump took office, his aides faced a major test: the rapid, global spread of a dangerous virus in cities like London and Seoul, one...

Trump Signs Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Ethics Requirements

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The bipartisan legislation also has requirements for GSA and other federal agencies. On Tuesday President Trump signed into law a bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before elections. The “2019 Presidential Transition Enhancement Act”...

GSA will lend more help to presidential transitions under new law

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Transitions between different presidential administrations might be slightly easier in the future, under a new law signed by President Donald Trump March 3. The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act requires agencies to establish plans for the changes in senior leadership positions in advance of the election, codifies the disclosure of transition ethics requirements and ensures that...

President Trump signs S. 394, the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act, into law

March 4, 2020

Publication Type: News Release

The Partnership for Public Service lauds President Trump for signing S.394, the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act, following approval of the bill by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by voice vote. The bill contains several provisions recommended by the Partnership for Public Service and will clarify ambiguities in existing law and build on...

Facilitating transitions in the government

February 6, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses what a presidential transition would mean for high-level vacancies, and why not every political appointee needs to go through Congress.

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Presidential Transition Team Ethics Requirements

February 5, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

The House on Wednesday passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill to clarify the General Services Administration’s responsibilities during changes in presidential administrations as well as require presidential candidates to publicly release ethics plans for their transitions before the election.

Substitutes are running the government as the Senate dawdles on confirmations

January 23, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A new report by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit good-government organization, sums up the current situation with this title: “Senate Confirmation Process Slows to a Crawl.” The crawl is a particular problem for sub-Cabinet appointees. Their nomination-to-confirmation waits under President Trump and former president Barack Obama have been about 3.5 times longer than timelines for...

The Senate Confirmation Process is Twice As Long Today As It Was During the Reagan Era

January 21, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

Partnership for Public Service study highlights the importance of a president’s first and fifth years in getting vacancies filled.

No matter the upcoming election outcome, time to start preparing for presidential transition

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: In the News

41% of top Trump officials appointed in his first year have left

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: In the News