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Layered Leadership Examining How Political Appointments Stack Up at Federal Agencies
New data from the Center for Presidential Transition® shows that when there are multiple levels of political appointments requiring Senate confirmation that report to one another, it takes longer to confirm appointees each layer you go down.
February 20, 2024
Appointments Senate Nominations & Confirmations Data Congress
A president’s first three years in nominations and Senate confirmations
Data from the Center for Presidential Transition compares nominations and Senate confirmations from the most recent four presidents during their first three years in office.
January 22, 2024
Appointments Senate Nominations & Confirmations Data Barack Obama Donald Trump George W. Bush Joe Biden
Empty Seats
The large number of political appointments requiring Senate confirmation needs urgent review, and that review should include part-time positions to federal boards and commissions.
December 20, 2023
Senate Nominations & Confirmations Data Congress Legislative
2023 Presidential Transition Guide
The Center for Presidential Transition’s comprehensive guide on the activities required during the transition. This guide for the 2024 presidential election cycle was produced in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. It features detailed outlines of transition best practices, historical materials from past transitions, and recommendations for a successful presidential transition to a new or second-term administration.
November 27, 2023
Agency Review Appointments Operations Policy Implementation Senate Nominations & Confirmations Data Transition Team Barack Obama Bill Clinton Donald Trump George H.W. Bush George W. Bush Hillary Clinton Joe Biden John Kerry Mitt Romney Ronald Reagan Executive Federal Agencies White House
2023 Agency Transition Guide
The Agency Transition Guide­­ has been developed by the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition® and Boston Consulting Group, informed by conversations with federal leaders and other presidential transition experts. It provides lessons learned from past transitions at federal agencies and includes best practices and key decision points to help senior career executives lead successful transition planning efforts.
November 27, 2023
Agency Review Agency Transition Appointments Operations Policy Implementation Senate Nominations & Confirmations Data Transition Team Barack Obama Bill Clinton Donald Trump George H.W. Bush George W. Bush Hillary Clinton Joe Biden John Kerry Mitt Romney Ronald Reagan Executive Federal Agencies White House