Report & Publication
September 26, 2016

Partnership for Public Service Statement on the First 2016 Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON – Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement after the first general election presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

“Presidential transitions are a time of great risk for our nation, particularly in the post 9/11 world,” said Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service president and CEO. “At tonight’s debate, the candidates discussed the wide range of national security challenges, from terrorism to foreign wars. The complex global national security environment demands that both candidates and their teams continue to prepare for a safe, secure and smooth transfer of power in January. A lack of thorough preparation could place the nation in jeopardy.”

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes good government starts with good people. It works to revitalize federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way government works by strengthening the civil service and systems that support it. The Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition is designed to help presidential candidates navigate the transition process, prepare political appointees to lead effectively and work with the outgoing administration to encourage a smooth transfer of power. Learn more at