Presidential Transition


Laws & Regulations

Presidential Transitions in the United States are proscribed by a variety of Federal Laws beginning with the Presidential Transition Act of 1963. Additional legislation is passed to ensure that the process continues to reflect the changes in culture and technological progress.

Review the pertinent points of each piece of legislation governing Presidential Transition:


Cover of the 2008 Plumb Book

The Plum Book, published by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform, lists over 7,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide.

Data covers positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials.

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PrunesOnline, formerly known as the "Prune Book" inventories and describes the toughest management and policy-making jobs in the federal government. It is essential reading for any of the 120 Presidentially-appointed jobs it covers.

The National Academy of Public Administration – the Home of Good Government -- hosts this online resource. The Academy is a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders and professional staff who share the goal of helping government provide accountable, efficient, effective and transparent organizations that deliver results.



Last Reviewed 2015-01-20