Among the measures being sent to the House for its consideration when Congress reconvenes next week will be a bill passed by the Senate (S-1172) just before the recess started, the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act.
That measure would require certain planning and coordination activities for the transition no less than six months before a presidential election. This would include setting up a transition coordinating council in the White House as well as establishing an agency transition directors council.
GSA meanwhile would designate a senior career official to oversee GSA’s duties relating to a transition, serve as the coordinator for transition planning across agencies, ensure that agencies comply with requirements for transition planning and reporting, and act as the government’s liaison to candidates.
Organizations including the Partnership for Public Service have been pushing for more attention, and sooner, to presidential transitions, focusing on the mechanics of operating the government.