Transition Team


Presidential transition teams lay the groundwork for governing well in advance of Election Day by building a policy agenda for the new administration, gathering information about federal agencies, vetting potential political appointees and developing a management agenda.  


From access to experts and historic materials to original research and data, the Center provides transition teams with an array of resources to plan for a new administration. Our Presidential Transition Guide provides a roadmap on how to organize and execute a successful transition, while transition teams can call on our network of former transition leaders and other experts for advice on topics ranging from setting up the White House operation to preparing the president’s first budget and vetting potential appointees.


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2020 Presidential Transition Guide

The Partnership’s comprehensive guide on the activities required during the transition. This updated guide, produced in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, 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.

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From Decisions to Results: Building a More Effective Government Through a Transformed Office of Management and Budget

We suggest six target areas for the president to focus on in order to transform OMB into a hub for translating decisions made at the White House and Congress into results for citizens.

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Making Government Work for the American People

Through dialogues with a range of experts about critical management issues, we developed this roadmap with the IBM Center for The Business of Government for a new or second-term administration.

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Agency Review and Landing Team Principles, Guidance and Materials

This guide contains the Center for Presidential Transition’s recommendations for agency review efforts.

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The art of agency review during a presidential transition

In this episode of Transition Lab, host David Marchick speaks to Lisa Brown, co-chair of agency review for the 2008 Obama-Biden transition team.


Presidential Transition Act: Requirements Post-Election

The modern-day Presidential Transition Act outlines multiple requirements for all stakeholders involved in presidential transitions. This document describes the requirements that apply to the post-election period.


Obama-Biden Transition Project Policy Working Groups Organizational Chart

Organizational chart for the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

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Romney Readiness Project President-elect Support Organizational Chart

Organizational chart for the Romney Readiness Projects president-elect support team.

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Presidential Transition Act Summary

In passing the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, Congress explained: “Any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress established a framework for the federal government to prepare for a transition from one president to another.

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The Center can provide critical assistance on how to organize and execute a transition; help agency career executives prepare for new political leadership; offer guidance to political appointees on the unique aspects of government leadership; and engage with Congress to promote transition reforms. In addition, the Center can offer insights to help incumbent presidents prepare for a second term and advice on the steps needed for a smooth transfer of power in the event that a new president is elected.

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To learn more about the Center’s work with federal agencies, please contact Shannon Carroll at [email protected]