Presidential Transition Briefings

Most federal agencies are required to prepare documents to help ease presidential transitions. These documents usually deal with the agency’s mission, structure, budget, and future, and they range from a few pages to thousands of pages. I’ve filed Freedom of Information Act requests for transition materials from dozens of agencies – the first batch was posted at The Memory Hole 2 and is also on this page, and the rest will be placed here as they arrive.

BBGBroadcasting Board of Governors [thanks to Government Attic]

CCR – Commission on Civil Rights

CEQ – Council on Environmental Quality

CFPB – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

CFTCCommodity Futures Trading Commission

CIGIE – Council of the Inspectors General

CNCS – Corporation for National and Community Service

CPSCConsumer Product Safety Commission

USDADepartment of Agriculture (includes all agencies)

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

CPB – Customs and Border Protection: 1st release / 2nd release / 3rd release / 4th release

FLETCFederal Law Enforcement Training Centers [thanks to Emma Best]

ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 1st release / 2nd release

S&TScience and Technology Directorate [thanks to Emma Best]

TSATransportation Safety Administration

USCIS – US Citizenship and Immigration Services: 1st release (main) / 2nd release [thanks to Emma Best]

USCG – Coast Guard: 1st release / 2nd release [thanks to Emma Best]

USSSSecret Service

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DOCDepartment of Commerce [in response to Emma Best‘s FOIA request, the Commerce Dept released 142 files, many containing multiple documents. The link will take you to the official release page at FOIA Online. Below I’m posting a few of the most important ones.]

Commerce Department overall

CBCensus Bureau

EDAEconomic Development Administration

ITAInternational Trade Administration

NTIS – National Technical Information Service

NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NTIANational Telecommunications and Information Administration

USPTOUS Patent and Trademark Office

DOEDepartment of Energy: Book One / Book Two / Book Three / Questionnaire (as a zip file) [thanks to Emma Best]

DOI – Department of the Interior

BLM – Bureau of Land Management

BOR – Bureau of Reclamation

USGS – US Geological Survey

DOJDepartment of Justice [thanks to Emma Best]

BOPBureau of Prisons

CIV – Civil Division / second, smaller release / third release [thanks to Emma Best]

ENRD – Environment and Natural Resources Division [thanks to Emma Best]

EOIRExecutive Office for Immigration Review [thanks to Emma Best]


TAXTax Division [thanks to Emma Best]

DOL – Department of Labor


All 18 agencies and offices (including OSHA, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Women’s Bureau, Mine Safety, Inspector General)

DOTDepartment of Transportation

OIGOffice of Inspector General

Ed – Department of Education: 1st release / 2nd release (political appts) / 3rd release (main) [thanks to Emma Best] / “Second Round Presentations” / “Background” / “Administrative Transition email” / “Owner’s Manual

EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

EXIM – Export-Import Bank

FCA – Farm Credit Administration

FCC – Federal Communications Commission

FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation / Part 2 (employee survey)

FERC – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FGDC – Federal Geographic Data Committee [link]

FLRA – Federal Labor Relations Agency: Part 1  / Part 2

FTC – Federal Trade Commission

GSAGeneral Services Administration [link]

OIGOffice of the Inspector General

HHS – Department of Health and Human Services

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

IMLS – Institute of Museum and Library Services

LSC – Legal Services Corporation

MCC – Millennium Challenge Corporation

NARANational Archives and Records Administration

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NEW NGBNational Guard Bureau

NSPC – National Capital Planning Commission

NEA – National Endowment for the Arts

NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities

NSANational Security Agency [PDF portfolio containing 14 separate files; must be downloaded to be viewed]

Also: NSA’s presidential transition briefing from 2000-2001

NSF – National Science Foundation

OGE – Office of Government Ethics

ONHIR – Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation [link]

OPIC – Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Nov 1, 2016 \ Nov 16, 2016 [zip files, ~150 megs each]

OSTP – Office of Science and Technology Policy – no records

PBGC – Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

PC – Peace Corps

PCLOB – Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

SBA – Small Business Administration

SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission

SSS – Selective Service System

USAB – US Access Board

USDADepartment of Agriculture / emails and appointee information sheets [thanks to Emma Best]

USPS – United States Postal Service – no records [In response to my FOIA request for transition documents, the Postal Service claims that it can’t find any responsive records. I appealed this response, and the “no records” finding was upheld.]

USTR – United States Trade Representative

VADepartment of Veterans Affairs

Bonus Material:

CIA’s presidential transition briefing from 1988 [thanks to Emma Best]

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