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Second-term turnover of Bush, Obama political appointees: A challenge faced by two-term presidents  
Our analysis examines the turnover of Senate confirmed presidential appointees during the second term of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in major departments and agencies, excluding ambassadors, U.S. marshals and attorneys. 
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
June 20, 2024
LGBTQ+ Service in the Executive Branch
This week marks the beginning of Pride month, a time in which we reflect on the history and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community and reaffirm our unwavering support for equality and inclusivity. The Partnership for Public Service and Center for Presidential Transition honor the service of countless LGBTQ+ public servants who have served across administrations.
Political Appointment
June 06, 2024
Placing political appointee turnover in the Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden administrations in context 
Given the long hours and tough responsibilities at Cabinet agencies, presidents can expect departures among Senate-confirmed leadership. While turnover is expected, high departure rates can pose significant challenges for day-to-day agency operations and long-term planning. 
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
May 30, 2024
Prominent Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have served in federal government 
As we celebrate Asian and Pacific Heritage Month, it’s crucial to recognize the significant contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans to our federal government.
May 09, 2024
Taking stock of the vacancy crisis across cabinet departments
Beyond confirmation times, presidents during the last 40 years have seen fewer and fewer of their nominees confirmed by the Senate. Through year three, Presidents Donald Trump and Biden each had approximately 150 fewer nominees confirmed compared to President Barack Obama and 250 to 300 fewer nominees confirmed compared to Presidents H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Political Appointment / Presidential Transition
April 25, 2024
What is the White House Transition Coordinating Council?
The White House Transition Coordinating Council stands as a cornerstone for the seamless transfer of power between presidential administrations. It serves as a central coordinating body to oversee transition efforts, providing resources, information and expertise to a potential incoming administration.
Presidential Transition
April 11, 2024