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Presidential Transition

Welcome to GSA's Presidential Transition Website

GSA has a major role to play and essential services to provide in our country's presidential transition process.

Learn How GSA Assists Each Transitioning Administration

The support GSA provides to the presidential transition process is essential to ensuring a smooth transfer of Executive Branch operations.


The United States General Services Administration assures a smooth transition between administrations of the Executive Branch of the Federal government. This site serves as both a directory for appointees to use as well as a record of modern transition activities.

How to Use This Site

This site has been organized into the three main topic areas outlined below. Depending upon your information needs, begin looking in that area of the site (use the Tabs above or the Quick Links in the middle of the page).

The White House, exterior

The “For the Executive Branch” Tab contains information about the responsibilities of the Executive Branch during the transition, as well as resources available to them across the Federal Government.

The “For Nominees/Appointees” tab contains information for Presidential Appointees to familiarize themselves with Federal service and the agencies with which they will be working.

Capitol Building

This site provides publically accessible information deemed necessary and useful to the President and Vice-President elect, as well as the new administration’s nominees and appointees. Legal requirements for outgoing members of the prior administration are also provided herein.

American Flag

A Federal Government Primer, Resource links for Nominees and Appointees, as well as other useful/helpful information are also provided.


For convenience, here is a list of Transition "milestones:"

  • Republican National Convention
    August 27 - 30, 2012, Tampa, FL
  • Democratic National Convention
    September 3 - 6, 2012, Charlotte, NC
  • Presidential Election
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012
  • Electoral College Vote
    Monday, December, 17, 2012
  • Inauguration
    Sunday, January 20, 2013