WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Biden has prematurely been declared the Presidential elect by main media. But, main media lack the authority to name who will move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Until the 2020 President Campaign’s winner is determined after all 50 States certify the results, Joe Biden can not use federal funding for post election transition, because Biden is not the official president-elect.
Based on the fiscal 2021 congressional budget, GSA has been allocated $6.3 million to support the president-elect after the fall election and $1 million for appointee orientation activities. The post-election support provides the president-elect’s team with funding for staff, consultants and postage in addition to printing, travel, communication and continuing use of the pre-election office space.
Making full use of the federal support and any private funding prior to the election will help both presidential candidates get up-to-speed on the enormous challenge of preparing to govern in the event of a November victory.
This short time period will be critical in laying the groundwork for a more intensive effort after the election that will involve making some 4,000 political appointments, laying out comprehensive domestic and foreign policy agendas and running a government of 2.1 million civilian employees and another 2 million active-duty military personnel and reserves.
The need for effective planning is particularly acute for the Democratic challengers who will start from square one if elected, recruiting 4,000 political appointees including 1,200 who require Senate confirmation; preparing a $4.7 trillion budget; implementing a policy agenda; and learning how to manage a workforce of 2 million civilian employees and 4 million active duty and reserve troops.
President Donald J. Trump is also planning for a second-term. Planning for a second term also requires significant work, coordination and execution for any sitting President seeking a second term. During a second-term transition, there maybe staff changes and policy implementation.
On November 7, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition launched its effort for the 2020 cycle, preparing to work with President Trump’s team, career government officials responsible for transition activities and the various Democratic candidates and their teams.
Following the 2016 election, President-elect Trump appointed Vice President-elect Mike Pence to run the transition planning process, splitting time between Washington, D.C. and New York City, where the president-elect was based.
The Presidential Transition Act mandates national security briefings for the
president-elect, but since there is no president-elect the briefings will not proceed until our Nation’s next president-elect is certified since President Trump is in litigation due to a frau by the States. There is currently litigation proceeding through the judiciary–by the Trump’s Campaign. The campaign is challenging illegal ballots, fraudulent ballots and mail-ins.
During the period between Election Day and the inauguration, presidents-elect must shift from campaigning to governing. The president-elect may work between home and Washington, D.C. The president-elect staff began to schedule a mix of activities that include personnel announcements, policy development, and stakeholder, media and public engagement. But, since the president –elect has not been certified by the States—the transition period will be shorten.