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:


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.

Last Reviewed: 2018-02-06