Civil Service: Stalled transition creates problems at all levels
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 17, 2020
Two weeks after the presidential election, with results in and clear to all state electoral authorities, the current White House has not budged on beginning the transition to the next one.
While President Trump briefly recognized his opponent’s victory—in a tweet—he has since backtracked, and equally importantly continues to signal to his cabinet secretaries and party allies across the country not to start the needed transition steps, transition steps outlined a 1963 federal law easing presidential transitions, to ensure national security and continuity in domestic federal programs.
Several recent news and analysis articles cover some of the problems posed by the non-transition. One such article, in Politico, offers significant detail on the potential damage caused by a total lack of cooperation by the existing White House team with new advisors on the COVID pandemic—which has killed a staggering quarter-million people in America in just over half a year. Of special note to feds, there’s a total stall on background checks for potential new appointees—very worrisome with respect to national security positions.
As of Federal Daily's press time, the General Services Administration administrator, Emily Murphy, still had not provided written affirmation that Sen. Biden has won the election—pending December’s electoral college count, which will put Biden at 306, far beyond the 270 needed to prevail. Murphy’s official affirmation is needed under the law for millions of dollars to flow for space and resources to Biden’s transition team.
Additional stories focusing on the delayed transition can be found on the Washington Post, Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal.