Presidential transition planning starts now

The peaceful transition from one president to the next in America has come a long way since 1797, when John Adams started the first day of his presidency retaining George Washington’s entire cabinet.

As Robert Shea, Grant Thornton’s national managing director for Public Policy, points out, the presidency today is invested with so much responsibility that a transition plan for any major party candidate must begin well before the election is held.

In a video discussion with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Shea draws upon his own experience working on presidential transition teams for Republican candidates George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Shea discusses why in-depth, early transition planning is necessary -- why it’s important that both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden plan now what they will do starting Jan. 20, 2021.

For a true insider look at how top-level political transitions occur, watch our video “The ins and outs of a presidential transition.”