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Opinion: Obama's GSA administrator: Presidential transition is too important to politicize

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, stands on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, where she went to school, as she visits locations from her childhood in Anacostia on March, 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Four years ago, Denise Turner Roth writes, she made the call to begin the transition the day after the hotly contested election. The outgoing Obama administration did everything they could to prepare the government for President Trump. It is time once again to act, for democracy to move us forward, she writes

The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 gives the GSA administrator wide discretion to "ascertain" who won a presidential election.

But the GSA administrator, Emily Murphy, has not yet ascertained Biden's victory and the transition has not officially begun.

The Clinton-to-Bush transition in 2000 was the last time a GSA administrator failed to make a swift ascertainment, but that was a consequence of a razor-thin election result that was uncertain for weeks.

The GSA administrator has the latitude to make the ascertainment because the presidential transition is too important to be left to political games.

Four years ago, I made the call to begin the transition just one day after the hotly contested election, and our outgoing administration did everything we could to prepare the government for President Trump.

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