Preparing to lead the nation, whether it’s a presidential hopeful or an incumbent seeking a second term, requires extensive planning on personnel, policy and governance far in advance of Election Day. Managed well, this planning can lead to success. Handled poorly, a president can be susceptible to strategic errors and face difficulty responding to serious national security and domestic challenges.


The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition is the nation’s premier nonpartisan resource designed to help presidential candidates and their teams lay the groundwork for a new administration or prepare for a president’s second term.

The Center provides critical assistance on how to organize and execute a transition; helps agency career executives prepare for new political leadership; offers guidance to political appointees on the unique aspects of government leadership; and engages with Congress to promote transition reforms. In addition, the Center helps incumbent presidents prepare for a second term or facilitate a smooth transfer of power for a new administration.

The Center focuses on several significant issues

Assists presidential candidates, the incumbent administration and agencies with planning

Our comprehensive Presidential Transition Guide serves as a roadmap for transition planning while our <a class="text-light" Agency Transition Guide helps career officials prepare critical information for incoming senior leaders. We have assembled a library of past transition documents and offer a series of nonpartisan conferences and roundtable discussions for candidates and their transition teams.

Prepares presidential appointees to succeed

Serving America through a presidential appointment is a great honor and responsibility, but the selection process can be time-consuming and complicated. Ready to Serve is our centralized resource that guides candidates through every step of this process  Getting started early is important.

Our Ready to Govern® program prepares political appointees to lead by deepening their understanding of unique federal management issues.

Advocates for reforms and draws
attention to transition issues 

We work with Congress to promote transition reforms and streamline the appointments process. In collaboration with The Washington Post, our online Political Appointee Tracker provides real-time data on the status of political appointments, holding the administration and the Senate accountable for timely action.

Identifies and promotes sound management practices for a more effective government

We provide expertise on the government’s talent and operational challenges, and bring together diverse perspectives to sustain momentum and institutional knowledge on federal management issues.


Biden Team Begins Raising Money for Transition Committee

June 30, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

A small staff of advisers and other trusted figures will start planning what a Biden administration will look like if he wins in November.

As first deadline approaches, Biden and Trump camps begin a delicate transition dance

April 27, 2020

Publication Type: In the News

WASHINGTON — It may seem early, but federal law mandates that by Sunday the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and aides to the president he hopes to unseat must begin planning for a possible transition of power after the November election.

Center for Presidential Transition gears up for 2020 election with new data on second term political appointments and new director David Marchick

November 7, 2019

Publication Type: News Release

Publication Topic: Center for Presidential Transition

Publication Tags: Appointees

2020 programming will reinforce the Center as the ‘go to’ nonpartisan source for presidential transition expertise WASHINGTON – Roughly one year from Election Day, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service launched its 2020 transition efforts for the Center for Presidential Transition – the nation’s premier source of information and resources to help presidential candidates…


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