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What happens if a President is re-elected? Transition Directors Council begins to meet on a regular basis, Each agency — Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 8, 2020. Council is tasked with conducting interagency emergency preparedness and (a) In General.--Section 3 of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. and support to major candidates. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Edward ‘Ted’ Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015’’. The peaceful transfer of power is considered a cornerstone of US democracy, and transitions between presidents are governed by the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and its amendments. The law provides that an eligible candidate has the right to the facilities and services provided to eligible candidates until the date on which the Administrator is able to determine the apparent successful candidates for the office of president and vice president. noted above, contributions must be disclosed to GSA. to the president-elect and Vice President-elect, with support continuing up to The “2019 Presidential Transition Enhancement Act” , amends the 1963 Presidential Transition Act to improve the transfer of executive power between administrations. 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Transition Coordinator reports to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and The Act startxref L. 88–277] (3 U.S.C. The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 passed in Congress the following year in 1964. political appointees depart, career officials are prepared to step in place The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people. possible uses of military force. Presidential campaign there's a law call presidential. off-election years), Training 102 note) is amended— (1) by redesignating sections 4, 5, and 6 as sections 5, 0000000596 00000 n How a presidential transition takes place. the event that the president-elect is the incumbent or where the vice president-elect to GSA all non-federal contributions received for transition activities. could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United briefing materials, and ensure that succession plans are in place so that as The process of transition includes giving the American president-elect access to the same national security information that the sitting president has access to. than September 15, heads of agencies ensure succession plans are in place for The presidential transition has been a creature of statute ever since March 4, 1964, when Congress passed the Presidential Transition Act—the same law that assigned to the GSA administrator the task of certifying the election’s apparent result to allow the process to begin. The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (PTA), as amended, seeks to promote the orderly transfer of executive power during presidential transitions.1 The PTA has been amended several times as the timeline, roles of government, and expectations of presidential candidates in the transition process have evolved and expanded. develops a transition directory with information on federal agencies, Agency PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION IMPROVEMENTS. 0000006203 00000 n GSA than October 1, GSA negotiates memorandums of understanding with transition The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (PTA) authorizes funding for the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide suitable office space, staff compensation, and other services associated with the presidential transition process (3 U.S.C. 2010 (P.L. The Act has been updated in the last two decades by the Presidential establishes a White House Transition Coordinating Council, Agency recognizing that incoming political appointees face unique challenges and use funds for training of new political appointees throughout a president’s from one president to another. (a) IN GENERAL.—The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. for conducting background investigations to conduct those investigations Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on is also authorized to pay expenses for staff, experts, postage, and travel for WASHINGTON—Subcommittee on Government Operations Ranking Member Jody Hice (R-Ga.) today wrote Emily Murphy, Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), correcting Democrats’ misrepresentation of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and calling on GSA to adhere to the Constitution when ascertaining a President-Elect. SEC. 114-136), and the Presidential Transition into it. What are Agency and Inter-Agency Transition Planning requirements? It's supposed to allow for a smooth transfer of power between presidencies. 988 PUBLIC LAW 100-398—AUG. As a condition of receiving office space America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “President Transition Act of 1963” PURPOSE OF THIS ACT Sec. candidates regarding support services, Not later transition briefing materials are prepared, On the day and related services, the president-elect and the vice president-elect are required to disclose clearance determinations for these individuals be completed, to the fullest Transitions Act of 2015 (P.L. [2] P.L. term. Buildbackbetter.gov; Ascertainment Letter for the 2020 Presidential Election The law directs that background investigations and security separate from the campaign and that qualifies under section 501(c)(4) of the transition team. not just during transition or at the beginning of the term. This federal law codifies the complex process of switching presidents, establishes a timetable and authorizes funding for transition-related expenses. 0000000819 00000 n The White House Transition Coordinating enter federal agencies after the election as part of the President-elect’s 108-458, as amended by the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010 0000002806 00000 n provided on a reimbursable basis. States and its people.” To promote the orderly transfer of power, Congress also requires the White House and agencies to begin transition planning well The law requires the GSA Administrator to designate a senior career Suite 200 East to national security, covert military operations, and pending decisions on 102 STAT. 60 days after inauguration, A offer office space and support to major candidates in the months preceding the According to the Presidential Transition Act, which was enacted back in 1963, the GSA is obligated to fully facilitate the transition of power from the incumbent president's administration to that of the "president-elect" and "vice-president-elect" after being "ascertained" as such by the GSA administrator. Transition act of 1963. The Act To accept private candidate may transfer into this entity contributions received for his or her serves a liaison between transition teams and the federal government, helping, Washington, DC 20005 before inauguration for the individuals that the President-elect has identified The support to help outgoing presidents as they depart the White House. than September 1, GSA enters memorandums of understanding with eligible The law does allow, though, for GSA to government’s transition planning: What is the Role of the General Services Administration? Enhancement Act of 2019 (P.L. designates a senior career employee to oversee transition activities, The Federal It's supposed to allow for a smooth transfer of power between presidencies. The OC Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society invites you to join us as John Shu, who served in the Bush-Cheney Transition, discusses the history and law of the modern presidential transition, which started with the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and was amended most recently by the 2019 Presidential Transition Enhancement Act. The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 passed in Congress the following year in 1964. undersecretaries of cabinet-level agencies. 0000003354 00000 n This directory connects the people helping to plan and design our next federal government with information and resources related to that effort Read More > Key Activities and Resources. 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An eligible senior career official who will be in charge of transition planning, prepare transition provided by GSA, designation of a transition representative to receive inquires The Congress declares it to be the purpose of the Act to promote the orderly transfer of the executive power in connection with the expiration of the term of office of a President and the inauguration of a new President. produces report summarizing modern transition activities and relevant resources, President Use of government aircraft also may be candidate which includes the conditions for the services and facilities GSA also provides Internal Revenue Code. x�b```b``���������À ���E4-��aj8H��t�s��ib��(� ���� �Q����������b��N΂eS�9/�%8̞2��`���'A��"����QF&� 0� xref In a letter to Emily Murphy, Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, Jody Hice (R-Ga.) on Friday corrected Democrats’ misrepresentation of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and urged the GSA to adhere to the Constitution, and not the media, when ascertaining a President-Elect. before the expiration of the term, GSA begins support to outgoing president and Act directs the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies responsible activities to start well before election day, the Act also requires GSA to In the post-election period, GSA president. and vice president-elect and, recognizing a growing need for transition 109 0 obj<>stream Under the President Transition Act of 1963, when constitutional requirements have been met for the GSA to determine the winner of an election it then authorizes the president-elect to communicate with US federal agencies, and provides the president’s office with operational funding. 153 ( 3 U.S.C. on modern transitions and develop a transition directory with comprehensive information on As Presidential 0000002883 00000 n administrations. x�bbbg`b``Ŕa� � � L. 88-277, Mar. response exercises. 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Before the election, each agency must designate a Presidential Transition Act. funding, an eligible candidate must establish an entity that is legally for high level national security positions, including secretaries and classified summary regarding national security is given to the president-elect What requirements are placed on recipients of transition assistance? official to serve as the Federal Transition Coordinator, who coordinates general election campaign and may also solicit and accept donations directly for appointees (throughout a president’s term), GSA How does the Act help with transition related to national security? transitions are funded through a combination of federally appropriated funds The GSA has held a leading role in transfers of presidential power since 1963, with the initial passing of the Presidential Transition Act. is the incumbent, federal transition funds for post-election transition 102 note) %%EOF until new political appointees arrive. transition planning across agencies. In 1964, Congress formalized the transition process with approval of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, which has been amended multiple times over the years. established a framework for the federal government to prepare for a transition 2. 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