With Election Day less than two months away, preparations are already well underway for the presidential transition process. At the start of the month, former Vice President and current Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden’s transition team began receiving government-funded support.
“It’s really crunch time for transition planning,” David Marchick, director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service, said. “There are the career officials around the government agencies who are preparing for either eventuality, and the Biden team is gearing up to be ready on day one, should they win.”
The Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010 provides major party candidates resources to begin preparing for a potential transition to office following the party’s nominating convention. Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Presidential nominee on August 19.
Marchick said the Center for Presidential Transition started getting arrangements in place with the Trump Administration, as well as ten Democratic presidential campaigns, back in January of this year.
“The [federal] agencies, they’re working hard. The career officials take this very seriously,” Marchick said. “They’re operating to implement the Presidential Transition Act, and I feel very good about where they are today.”
The transition planning goes beyond both presidential campaigns, according to Marchick. Agencies across federal government have begun outreach to the Trump and Biden campaigns as well, doing things like getting briefing materials ready and preparing a second term agenda, as well as a succession plan for either outcome of the election.