As Mr. Biden prepares to take office as president, his team is calling on the Trump administration, specifically the General Services Administration (GSA), to take formal steps to kickstart the transition.
GSA is a little-known federal agency that monitors office space, supplies and other services for the government. Emily Murphy, appointed by Mr. Trump as GSA leader in 2017, must first determine that Mr. Biden is a clear winner in the presidential election, which will unlock access to some services and money from the federal government for his transition group.
But GSA said in a statement that a confirmation has yet to be made.
“GSA and its administrators will continue to comply and comply with all requirements under the law,”; the agency said in a statement. The administrator has full discretion under the 1963 law governing the transition.
A Biden transition group spokesperson said they expect Murphy to “quickly identify” Mr. Biden and Harris as president-elect and vice-president-elect, respectively, as the Democratic ticket is expected to be won. states are needed to ensure a majority in the Electoral College.
“America’s national security and economic interests depend on the federal government to signal clearly and quickly that the US government will respect the will of the American people and participate,” the spokesman said. into a smooth and peaceful process of power transfer ”.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Transition Center’s bipartisan advisory board urged the administration to “immediately begin the post-election transition and the Biden team makes the most of the resources available under the Transition Act. to the President, “Act of 1963.
The advisory board of four former government officials who served in the Democratic and Republican government said: “Although there will be legal disputes that require trial, the results are clear enough that too. the converter must now start ”.
Its members are: Josh Bolten, former White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget; Michael Leavitt, former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and governor of Utah; Thomas McLarty, former White House chief of staff; and Penny Pritzker, former Commerce Secretary.