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How to Manage a Presidential Transition

Federal agencies and government institutions have their work cut out for them as the new administration prepares to take office.

The transition to a new presidential term is a massive undertaking—and one of the key hallmarks of US democracy. Effective governance on a national scale depends on a smooth White House transition process and, just as important, on federal agencies’ ability to adapt and react to the demands of a new term. Our government institutions—and the incoming Biden administration—need a playbook for how to navigate this critical period, particularly amid the turbulence brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

At BCG, we know there's a lot of work to be done outside of the Executive Office. Government agencies, particularly, bear the brunt of this momentous transition, while civil servants—the backbone of government—are responsible for managing changes as they occur. New policies mean new organizational priorities, a turnover in high-level leadership positions, and, in many cases, the need to reimagine how things gets done.

BCG’s deep experience in partnering with the highest levels of the public sector, and our wide-ranging capabilities in related topics, will serve these agencies well as they prepare for the work that lies ahead.

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The question before us is what will the consequences be for those who acted so dangerously to put our country and our leaders in Congress and the Vice President at such grave risk—and what we do in coming months and years to further secure our democracy to reduce the risk of similar or even more extreme actions in the future.

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In the coming months, agencies must plan for change, organize for success, build new teams, and clearly express their objectives—no mean feat, especially when faced with the ongoing trials of the global pandemic. In this landscape of uncertainty and transformation, agencies can look to BCG for expertise in the following topics:

Large-Scale Change. Many public sector organizations operate in a state of constant flux, but a new term requires extra diligence and adaptability.

Leadership Development. Turnover is a reality in any presidential transition. New leaders must be ready to take charge of their organizations and to build effective teams.

Digital Government. Change is inevitable. Agencies must harness technology and AI solutions to transform themselves while managing costs.

Taxpayer Experience. Even amid change, federal agencies must continue to provide for citizens. Now is the time to implement new ways of working and to improve the user experience.

Employee Upskilling. The start of a new term provides an excellent opportunity to improve processes and develop talented teams capable of serving the American people.

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A presidential transition is no excuse for public sector organizations to slow down. They are expected to deliver seamlessly for their citizens, even during a transition—and especially in times of crisis. These organizations must continue to devise creative solutions to complex problems. BCG helps the public sector improve how it operates so that it can meet, and exceed, its high-stakes goals.

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How to Manage a Presidential Transition