The Handbook for Departing Officials provides a preliminary guidance to out-going political appointees throughout the Department of Defense and Military Departments.

This handbook is designed to provide a convenient, ready reference tool to assist in planning, and executing an orderly transition from Federal Service.  The topics covered here provide basic need-to-know information related to essential decisions and activities that must be accomplished prior to, and following departure from Federal Service.

For more detailed information related to the processes and requirements for departure from the DoD you may contact the WHS/DoD Transition Office, organizational administrative officers or functional subject matters experts.

Additional details, to include services, benefits, and subject matter expert contact information, can be obtained by individuals with a valid Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) at

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Security Review of Future Literary Works

Federal Records and Personal Files

Removing Personal Articles

Performance Ratings and Awards for Subordinates Staff

Personal Benefits Information

Compensation and Pay Considerations



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Telephone: 703-692-9060

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