Monday, November 10, 2008

U.S. Presidential Transition Resources

The workings of government are tested most when one administration hands over power to the next. The peaceful process currently underway in the U.S. is a wonder of sorts being watched by many around the world. Below are links to information from various government sources as well as a few non-government websites on the current presidential transition as well as a few glances back at past transitions.

Presidential Transition Act of 1963
("An Act to promote the orderly transfer of the executive power in connection with the expiration of the term of office of a President and the Inauguration of a new President.")

Office of the President-Elect
(Information from President-Elect Barack Obama's pending administration team)

Information from President George W. Bush administration on transition

Executive Order: Facilitation of a Presidential Transition
(Issued October 9, 2008)

Fact Sheet: Ensuring a Smooth and Effective Presidential Transition
(Issued by the President Bush Administration)

Report of the Administration Transition Task Force
(Homeland Security Advisory Council)

The Plum Book
(Just what is this book that the news media has been talking about?)

Presidential Transition Guide to Federal Human Resources Management
(A guide to Federal jobs, appointed and civil service)

2008-2009 Presidential Transition Resources
(Information supplied by the U.S. General Services Administration)

"Presidential Transitions"
by Stephanie Smith (Congressional Research Service, February 2008)
(Information on some past transitions and recommendations on what will be needed for a smooth transition in 2009)

2008-2009 Presidential Transition Resources
(Information supplied by the U.S. General Services Administration)

Presidential Transition of Barack Obama
(Wikipedia article)

United States: Presidential Transition and Implications for National Security in 2008-2009
by Raphaƫl RAMOS
(September 2008 : European Strategic Intelligence Security Center. Europeans observe the transition in the U.S.)


U.S. Constitution Annotated, 20th Amendment
(Commencement of the terms of the president, vice president and members of Congress, etc. From Cornell Law School)

2001 Presidential Transition Documents Online
(The American Pesidency Project)

"Abrupt Transition"
by C.L. Arbelbide (Prologue Magazine, vol. 32, no. 4, winter 2000)
(Read how administrations have dealt with sudden, unexpected presidential transitions in the past)

Presidential Libraries
(Storehouses across the country with information on U.S. presidents and their administrations)

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