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Presidential Transition Resources

As President-Elect Trump’s cabinet and adviser selections capture the top news headlines, there is a lot more going on in the transition between presidential administrations.

It’s a rather complicated change that unfolds over a longer period of time than you might expect. While Congress has promised to move quickly on the cabinet-level confirmation process, it will take several months to get these positions confirmed. In addition, many positions will need to be filled – over 8,000 or so – that are known as noncompetitive appointment, some requiring U.S. Senate confirmation. These positions can be found in what is known as the “Plum Book.”

Yet there is more to a transition than filling positions. If you are curious, here are some resources for you:

In addition to the changes in the executive branch, of course, other transitions are happening in the legislative branch, with the retirement of members of Congress or those who lost their re-election bid. We are in for quite a period of churning and change here in Washington, DC.

Learn more about what’s going on in Washington, particularly related to educator preparation and your advocacy opportunities, in this week’s AACTE Federal Update webinar (for members only). I’ll offer it twice: December 14 at 5:00 p.m. EST (register here) and December 15 at 11:00 a.m. EST (register here).


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Deborah Koolbeck

Director of Government Relations

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