Looking back at the toughest presidential transition in history
The 2020-2021 presidential transition was the toughest in modern history. Our new report examines the planning and execution of this difficult transfer of power and provides a series of recommendations to support future peaceful presidential transitions.
Working together, we can build a stronger government
Valerie Smith Boyd, the new Center for Presidential Transition director, discusses her public service career serving in the past three administrations and the importance of unity in government.
The leadership role of the Cabinet secretary and deputy secretary
Cabinet secretaries and deputy secretaries play an important role in advising the president and developing the vision for their departments. The Center for Presidential Transition has refreshed several guides which outline best practices for new secretaries and deputy secretaries to follow when they take office.
President Biden’s Cabinet and Cabinet-level appointments: The first 35 days
The quick confirmation of Cabinet secretaries and Cabinet-level agency leaders is essential for a new administration to address the country’s urgent needs. We examine the slower-than-usual confirmation of Biden’s appointees a month into his presidency and place the new administrations appointment record in historical context.
COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 presidential transition
The pandemic has impacted how the Biden-Harris team will make critical policy, budgetary and personnel decisions in the lead-up to Inauguration Day and early in the new administration’s first term.
What is the presidential transition process?
Presidents-elect, transition teams, outgoing administrations and federal agencies play key roles in the presidential transition process. Learn the steps that guide how new administrations prepare to take office.
The main responsibilities of a presidential transition team
Presidential candidates rely on their transition teams to manage critical pre-election and post-election responsibilities. On the Transition Lab podcast, host Dave Marchick spoke to members of past transition teams to learn more about their roles.
An inside look at the presidential appointment process
When the presidential campaign ends, the winning candidate will immediately face the challenge of filling top-level political appointments. In three episodes of “Transition Lab,” host David Marchick has covered the appointment process, exploring the many factors that influence how presidents fill key positions.