On Monday afternoon, a letter came from Administrator Emily Murphy and attained by a media firm, CNN, that says the GSA (General Services Administration) has informed Joe Biden (the President-elect) that the Donald Trump administration is eager to start the formal transition procedure.
The move is the 1st step the Trump administration has acknowledged Trump’s defeat, above 2 weeks after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race.
Emily Murphy described that she had not been distressed by the White House to postpone the official transition and didn’t make any decision out of fear or favoritism.
Emily’s decision was independent and based on the law
Emily Murphy continued that please know that she came to her decision independently, based on available facts and the law. She added that she was never indirectly or directly pressured by any Executive Brand officials, including those who operate at the GSA or the White House, regarding the timing of her decision or substance. Moreover, she said that to be clear, she didn’t acquire any direction to postpone her determination.
The letter identifies Emily Murphy’s official sign off on Joe Biden’s success, a normally automatic procedure called ascertainment. Furthermore, the action will permit the transition to the official start, allowing present Trump administration agency officials to participate in the upcoming Joe Biden administration, and offering millions in govt. funding for the transition.
The Joe Biden administration hasn’t hanged for the official transition procedure to start preparing for his seat, as Joe Biden declared many Cabinet picks on Monday. But the pause in the ascertainment reflected that Joe Biden’s administration was blocked out from govt. data and couldn’t contact with federal agencies, nor give 6.3 million dollars in the government funding now available for the transition.
An official from the Biden team said that the most essential or urgent need was for the transition to be provided with the access to Coronavirus data and the strategies for the distribution of the vaccine.
Happy to see the @USGSA has officially began the Presidential transition, giving the Biden transition team access to key resources, including critical info on the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic to help get this virus under control.https://t.co/JnyR0TOYCx
— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) November 24, 2020
But now, Joe Biden’s administration will get the access to extra office space inside the federal agencies and the quality to use federal resources for background analysis on Joe Biden’s White House members appointments and Cabinet choices.
The executive director of Joe Biden’s transition, Yohannes Abraham, described that the start of the transition was an essential step to start attempting the difficulties facing their nation, including obtaining the COVID-19 pandemic under control and their economy back on track.