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Transition 2020

With President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris assuming office next month, the federal government has begun its official transition of power.

Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) and Brunswick Group hosted Transition 2020 on December 8, 2020. Watch the recordings from the event below.   


Building a New Administration

The President-Elect is responsible for filling more than 4,000 federal appointments across the White House and government agencies. Where does a new administration begin? How does the selection process work for choosing everyone from the Secretary of State to a confidential assistant?

Welcome: Molly Millerwise Meiners, Partner, Brunswick Group

Panel Discussion:
Andy Card, Former chief of staff to President George W. Bush
John Podesta, Former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project
Karen Travers, White House correspondent for ABC, Moderator


The Confirmation Process

Many instrumental members of the President-Elect’s chosen team cannot begin their work until they are confirmed by the U.S. Senate. What factors go into the nomination and confirmation process for Cabinet officials? How does the transition team work with the Senate to get their nominees approved?

Welcome: Patti Solis Doyle, Partner, Brunswick Group

Panel Discussion:
Chris Lu, Executive director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project
Sara Fagan, White House political director in the George W. Bush administration Obama-Biden Transition Project
Mo Elleithee, Executive director of GU Politics, Moderator

Setting a New Agenda

The first 100 days of a new president’s term are critical to evaluating the potential for success or failure of a new administration. What will be the key issues for President-Elect Biden’s policy agenda? How will the new White House team make their mark in Washington?

Panel Discussion:
Stef Feldman, National policy director of the Biden for President campaign
Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Moderator

Closing: Lanhee Chen, Senior Advisor, Brunswick Group