The Moody Series on Bipartisan Leadership
In Conjunction With
The Texas Presidential Libraries
As partisan wrangling has increased in the Washington political world, a counter trend has gradually taken hold in the area of presidential transitions. In four of the five most recent presidential election years, Congress and the president have together enacted presidential transition legislation. President Obama signed the latest bill on March 28th. Behind the scenes of seemingly constant discord, presidential transition represents an area of bipartisan commitment to make the handoff of power a smooth one. In the 2008, 2012 and current the election year, competing campaign staffs met together with academics, experienced practitioners outside of government as well as with administration representatives to learn how to plan for the coming transfer of power. Government officials of different parties pull together to assure the republic a smooth change of government. Can this island of bipartisanship expand to include additional areas of government action and further develop the cooperation between parties and campaigns into more than occasional cooperation? How can those inside and outside of government effectively assist that transfer of power while invigorating bipartisanship in transition-related issues, such as improving the presidential appointments process? The notion of bipartisanship in presidential transitions is the focus of a new series of public discussions sponsored by the Moody Foundation of Galveston, Texas, and carried out by the joint efforts of the White House Transition Project and Rice University’s James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy.
National Security Transition at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library,
Austin, Texas, September 22 and 23, 2016.
Two other events will then follow this inaugural meeting. The first covers the haunting challenges of a national security transfer during a contentious presidential campaign. How does the outgoing administration prepare the new team without creating the opportunity for raising a campaign issue and having national security ensconced in a partisan squabble? This event involves a host of academic partners at the University of Texas in Austin:
The last in the Moody Series will consider the task of managing the unexpected. Every administration inevitably faces a hostage crisis on American soil, like Waco, or an international incident, like downing an American spy plane in China. And with troubling regularity, every administration must contemplate an economic meltdown on a global scale. What steps does an administration take in the first moments of these crises? How does the President’s team handle the urgent without losing sight of their own ambitious agendas? These questions represent some of the critical issues that the participants in this last event will consider. That event involves partners at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and School of Government Service.
For more information on these events and previous events involving the White House Transition Project return to this website regularly.