Trump-Appointed GSA Administrator Emily Murphy's 15 Minutes Need to End
Added 11-21-20 10:34:04am EST - “GSA Administrator Emily Murphy is creating a very dangerous situation by not ascertaining the general election victory by President-elect Joe Biden. Her fifteen minutes needs to be up.” - Mediaite.com
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Not sure if there is polling on this, but I’m guessing more than 90% of Americans have no idea what the Federal Government’s General Services Administration (GSA) is, or does. Nor would many Americans recognize the name of the GSA’s Administrator, Trump appointee Emily Murphy.
For the overwhelming majority of time, the GSA Administrator oversees a large federal agency that manages the government’s sprawling real estate. Thousands of office buildings and other facilities, from coast to coast.
In years where there will be a new President, however, the GSA Administrator plays a critical role in the Presidential Transition.
The Transition is, of course, the period of time between the election in November and the swearing-in of the new President in January of the following year. During the transition, the GSA provides congressionally appropriated funds, office space, and support to the incoming President’s staff. The assistance allows the newly elected President’s transition team to begin the vetting process of the thousands of political appointees who will be required to staff the new administration. It allows the transition to have so-called “landing teams” of officials in hundreds of federal agencies, everything from the Agriculture Department to the Western Area Power Administration. Critically, it allows the President-elect to receive the daily national security briefing, also known as the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, and this year, for the incoming administration’s Covid-19 response team to prepare for the massive responsibility of deploying a coronavirus vaccine to millions of Americans next spring.
But none of that is happening right now, which is why Ms. Murphy is in the news. Thus far, she has refused to sign the “ascertainment” of the “apparent winner” required by the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.
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