The Presidential Transition Timeline and Guide in PDF is prepared by the Partnership for Public Service, a unique nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving a more effective and innovative government for the United States.
The peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a hallmark of American democracy. But under the surface, the transition is rushed and chaotic, and can result in a new administration being unprepared to respond to a national or international emergency.
There are a few jobs to fill.
Mr. Trump, who until now had no experience in the federal government, is under immense pressure to find 4,100 qualified people to lead it. In an ideal scenario, his White House staff should be in place, and the 100 highest-ranking government agency officials — the cabinet, plus a range of defense, homeland security, disaster and pandemic response officials — should be ready to start work the moment Mr. Trump puts his hand on the Bible, to guard the nation from vulnerability during the transfer of power. That means their vetting and security clearances should be done and the nominees lined up for Senate confirmation. An additional 300 Senate-confirmed jobs should be filled by the start of the August congressional recess.
The Partnership for Public Service, an advocacy group for effective government that has analyzed generations of good and bad transitions, and its Center for Presidential Transition have been working with Mr. Trump’s team. The transition team has hired some experienced transition leaders from the George W. Bush and Romney teams that the center recommended. The center’s suggested hiring timelines even appears verbatim on Mr. Trump’s transition website.
But Mr. Trump’s layering of its team with family, friends and hacks is worrying. The inclusion of lobbyists flies in the face of his “Drain the Swamp” refrain. The big donors on the team, like Rebekah Mercer, are also unnerving, a sign that the new government may be further in debt to superwealthy backers.
Mr. Trump on his rumored cabinet choices, helping him decide, for example, on a secretary of state from candidates like Mr. Gingrich, the ethically challenged former House speaker, and Zalmay Khalilzad, George W. Bush’s former United Nations ambassador and a Muslim. And on whether to nominate as Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, the Trump campaign finance director and a former Goldman Sachs executive, or Thomas Barrack Jr., chief executive of Colony Capital, a private equity and real estate investor. Such a manager could help estimate the chances that the Senate would confirm Sarah “Drill, Baby, Drill” Palin to lead the Department of Interior, or Joe Arpaio, departing sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., anti-immigration hard-liner and lawsuit magnet, as homeland security secretary.
On Page 1 of the thick transition guide there’s the famous quote from the 1972 film “The Candidate,” in which an unprepared senator-elect turns to his campaign manager and says, “What do we do now?”
As Mr. Trump, modern history’s least politically experienced president-elect, takes on one of the weightiest management jobs in the world, let’s hope he is asking that question of the right people, and listening to their answers. (More on this here.)
For readers interesting in reading the PDF which the Trump Transition Team has probably downloaded and read seeing as how they copied a bunch of the sites’ content for GreatAgain.gov site you may download the PDF here… presidential_transition_guide-2016-04-01