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Stoddard: Trump, Clinton getting ready for change
In the News

June 08, 2016

You may not be able to recall the last time the presumptive nominee of either party spoke of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Iranian aggression or the dangerous ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, this last week having been entirely consumed — in both parties — by the topic of Trump University and Donald Trump’s attacks on the presiding judge in that civil case.

Yes, as Republicans fret over their candidate’s mistakes and what they see as a fly-by-the-seat-of-one’s-pants campaign unprepared for the five months ahead, they should take comfort that the Trump team is doing the real work required to protect the country, should he prevail on Election Day.

The Hill

White House initiates transition planning with meetings, data transfers
In the News

June 06, 2016

The first meeting of the White House Transition Coordinating Council (WHTCC) will take place June 9, kicking into gear the high-level planning needed to prepare for the next president.

A White House official confirmed the meeting of the council that President Barack Obama established in his May 6 executive order.

Additionally, the first meeting of the Agency Transition Directors Council took place June 3. The President’s order also created the ATDC.

Federal News Radio

What America’s next president is really getting into
In the News

June 03, 2016

Corporate takeovers are high-wire acts requiring detailed preparation, an understanding of company cultures and organization, first-rate leaders and a mandate to create added value for stakeholders. Even in the best of circumstances, mergers and acquisitions frequently fail or fall short of expectations.

The same dynamics apply to the transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next – the largest, most complex and consequential takeover of any organization on the planet that will formally take place when a new U.S. president is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017.


David Eagles: Preserving national security through presidential transition
In the News

June 01, 2016

With the upcoming presidential transition, the potent issue of national security looms. David Eagles, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin on what the incoming crew needs to know now and do then.

Federal News Radio

How should the next president handle national security?
In the News

May 26, 2016

As part of its examination of the presidential transition, The Partnership for Public Service gathered some of Washington’s national security experts to talk about what awaits the next administration.

With the 2017 inauguration presenting a vulnerable moment for the nation, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., and former Undersecretary of Defense for policy Michèle Flournoy weighed everything from how to work with Congress to who should be on the National Security Council.

Federal Times

White House transition survivors regret neglecting Congress
In the News

May 25, 2016

In offering advice to the emerging teams for the next administration, former White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley this week engaged in some self-criticism.

“I regret that we didn’t use Congress more, to meet the delegations after their trips” for debriefings, said the adviser to George W. Bush and a veteran of several transitions. “The [candidate] transition teams should be free now to start working with Congress.”

Government Executive

5 Presidential Transition Tips by a White House Veteran
In the News

May 24, 2016

The transfer of power from one president to the next is often taken for granted. But in reality, it takes many months of advance preparation to properly staff a new administration, understand the work of the agencies, lay out policy priorities and come up with a plan to manage the government and implement important initiatives.

Bloomberg Government

Presidential transition gets underway in earnest
In the News

May 19, 2016

The engine of presidential transition has rumbled to life.

Campaigns are standing up transition teams. Agencies that have a direct role such as the General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, and Office of Government Ethics are gearing up. Federal agencies are naming career transition leaders and identifying people to serve in acting capacities. Even Congress jumped in to help with recent legislation that enhances transition preparation.

Federal Times

Road to the White House: Campaigns map out ‘transition of power’ strategies
In the News

May 18, 2016

If there really is a road to the White House, Max Stier and David Eagles are faced with the tough task of making sure it’s well-paved, ensuring candidates and the outgoing president successfully manage the critical transition of power.

Stier and Eagles head up the Center for Presidential Transition, and have kept in touch since an April meeting in New York with senior staff to the Trump, Clinton and Sanders campaigns who they say are at different stages in building their transition teams, each with “different levels of maturity” in their operations.

ABC News

Effective governance begins with an effective transition
In the News

May 16, 2016

In a previous column, we outlined recommendations for how the next administration can get a fast start with sure footing. From strengthening the President’s Management Council, to setting up a triage system for regulatory review, we identified actions that can help jump-start the next administration. However, there is one action that can have more impact than any other—early and effective transition planning.

Government Executive

Chris Christie will start planning the Trump administration
In the News

May 09, 2016

Donald Trump on Monday made perhaps the most important hire of his presidential campaign to date, choosing Chris Christie to lead his transition team if he wins the White House in November.

The announcement might seem early for a man who has been the GOP’s presumptive nominee for less than a week. But it answers the call of good-government advocates who—as I wrote last month—are urging all campaigns to begin thinking about and planning for a presidential transition months in advance. 

The Atlantic

Donald Trump needs a transition leader
In the News

May 05, 2016

The GOP primary is effectively over, but presumptive nominee Donald Trump isnt moving into government office space just yet.

Presidential transition work is happening earlier than ever before, with the Partnership for Public Service taking a leading role and a new law requiring the White House and individual agencies to pick transition leaders six months before the election--by May 8.

Federal Computer Week

The most important takeover of any organization in history
In the News

April 22, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, this 18-month marathon of a presidential race will finally end. And within hours, a new race will begin.

The Atlantic

Obama wants this transition to be as good as 2008’s - or better
In the News

April 21, 2016

A top White House aide on Wednesday held the first official meeting with representatives of the 2016 presidential candidates to begin the delicate planning of the coming transition, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Government Executive

In an age of terror, an early start to the presidential transition
In the News

April 20, 2016

At a luxurious hilltop estate with sweeping vistas of the Hudson River, an adviser to President Obama began meeting on Wednesday with aides to the candidates vying to replace him to make the first, early preparations for the day when Mr. Obama leaves office. 

New York Times

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