The U.S. General Services Administration, GSA, eventually accepted the nominee of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, as the apparent winner of the presidential election on November 3.
On Monday, the department rendered the acknowledgment, after weeks of inaction.
A structured transition process has seriously started with the development, giving Biden and his team access to current officials of the department, briefing books and other government tools, including some $6 million in funding.
This occurred after about nine Republican senators sent a letter calling for the beginning of the transition process, and hours after the Board of State Canvassers of Michigan voted to certify the results of the election.
Emily Murphy, the GSA chief, said in a letter to Biden on Monday, “Because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request.”
Reacting to the announcement, Yohannes Abraham, Executive Director of Biden-Harris transition, said it “is a “needed step” to “getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track.
“In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration’s efforts to hollow out government agencies.”