GSA Ascertains Biden’s Victory, Democrat To Begin White House Transition Process.
President-elect Joe Biden can finally, formally begin his transition to power, after the General Services Administration on Monday officially ascertained the Democrat’s victory over President Trump.
The news came shortly after Trump, who has still yet to concede in the White House race, tweeted that he was recommending the GSA and others in his administration begin “initial protocols” to kickstart the formal transfer of presidential power.
In a “letter of ascertainment” to Biden, Murphy wrote that she was now making available resources for his campaign to begin the transition process.
“As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential election. Instead, the GSA Administrator’s role under the Act is extremely narrow: to make resources and services available in connection with a presidential transition,” Murphy wrote.
The Biden-Harris transition team confirmed that Murphy had officially ascertained Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris as the “apparent winners of the election.”
The decision means that Biden’s team should now have access to government office space, will be able to formally meet with Trump administration officials to discuss policy issues, and will receive some $7.3 million to pay staffers and other expenses.1 1