Leadership Now Presents: Women in Leadership, A Resource Guide to Serving in the Biden Harris Administration
Curious about serving in the Biden-Harris Administration? Check out our guide.
*This information applies to all applicants, not just female applicants.*
What is a presidential transition?
The presidential transition is the time between the election and the inauguration of a new president. The transition marks the beginning of the complex task of the president-elect taking over the administration of the federal government. During this time, the president-elect focuses on selecting his White House staff, beginning with key cabinet positions. A president appoints ~4,000 people to positions across the government, with more than a quarter requiring Senate confirmation. See additional details on what happens during a presidential transition here. This document serves as a guide for those interested in serving in a future administration.
Apply to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration here
- Submit your personal information, resume, cover letter, qualifications, and interest areas using this form to formally apply to serve in the Biden Harris Administration
Agency Review Teams here
- Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One. This list of individuals serving on the Biden Harris agency review teams is a useful networking tool for identifying potential contacts on the transition team.
The United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, The Plum Book here
- This publication contains data (as of June 30, 2016) on over 9,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government. This is a useful resource for understanding the various roles in government and the responsibilities associated with said roles. However, the resource is dated and should not be relied upon as the definitive source of positions.
Leadership Now Political Appointments: The Who, When, Why, and How Briefing here
- In this briefing hosted by the Leadership Now Project, we discussed the importance of political appointments, the political appointment process, and what one might expect from a new administration after the upcoming election. The briefing consisted of experts Shelly Stoneman, Former Department of Defense White House Liaison, Jonathan McBride, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, and Heather Samuelson, Former Chief Counsel, Clinton-Kaine Transition & State Department White House Liaison.
Partnership for Public Service Center for Presidential Transition
The Center for Presidential Transition has created a centralized resource hub for what you need to know about the transition period, past presidential transitions and how to become a political appointee. See below for a set of key resources.
Ready to Serve Webinar Series: What Aspiring Appointees Should Know here
- Ready to Serve is a centralized resource that guides candidates through every step of the political appointment process. This Webinar series is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process, get tips from former appointees, and find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Background Checks and Security Clearances here
- Every person hired for a federal job must undergo a background investigation to ensure that they are “reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the United States.” This is an important and lengthy part of the process to becoming a political appointee. Find out what questions you will need to answer and begin preparing with this resource guide.
Financial Disclosure and Ethics here
- Appointees undergo an extensive financial and ethics screening process. You will be asked to provide information about your personal finances and the finances of your spouse and dependent children so that ethics officials can identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Familiarize yourself with the financial and ethics forms and questions, and get your answers and materials ready in advance to ensure this does not hold up the appointment process.
Senate Confirmed Positions here
- Presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation are among the most senior leadership positions in the federal government. Starting early by pulling together information and filling out the required forms will avoid delays. This resource provides detailed information on the process.
Seeking a Political Appointment: Seven tips from a former special assistant to the president for presidential personnel here
- Ed Moy served as special assistant to the president for presidential personnel from 2001 to 2006. Here he provides seven useful tips for seeking a political appointment in the upcoming administration.
Transition Lab Podcast here
- Transition Lab is a behind-the-scenes look at presidential transitions. Join David Marchick, director of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition for candid discussions with former presidential chiefs of staff, transition team leads and other presidential transition experts.
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