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senate Bill S. 3487

Should Candidates’ Teams & the General Services Administration Collaborate to Improve Presidential Transitions?

Argument in favor

Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned out in advance of Inauguration Day. Ensuring that each presidential candidate’s transition representative coordinates with the General Services Administration will help with more advance planning for transitions.

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11/25/2018
Yes they should and often do - however in Trumpster’s case I didn’t happen and that’s obvious to anyone who knows even the slightest about transitions. Good book on the subject is “The Fifth Risk”. We will need to change things to assure that even Autocrats like Trump.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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11/24/2018
S. 3487 AKA - Presidential Transition Enhancement Act I’m in strong agreement with and support the passage of the SENATE bill S. 3487 AKA the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2018 which would aim to improve the orderly transfer of the executive power during presidential transitions. It’d require the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the transition representative of each eligible candidate by no later than September 1 of an election year. At a minimum, this memorandum would include the conditions of access to employees, facilities, and documents of agencies by transition staff. Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned out in advance of Inauguration Day. Ensuring that each presidential candidate’s transition representative coordinates with the General Services Administration will help with more advance planning for transitions. We’ve seen, particularly by the previous Obama Administrations “DARK STATE” operation to accomplish a hindering demonstration of leaving stay behind elements, to conduct political hinderance activities, to prevent President Trump from accomplishing his administration’s political agenda. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻👍🏻. 11*24*18....
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11/25/2018
There always be some sort of oversight in transition in the White House! Always! There are thieves and vandals! Ask The Clintons!
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Argument opposed

There are already private and public sector efforts to carry out presidential transitions more smoothly. There’s also federal funding and legislation in place to fund and dictate the goals of an effective transition.

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11/25/2018
To date there has only been one moronic individual who didn't comprehend the transition process. That would be the current resident in our White House.
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ToddSheets's Opinion
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11/25/2018
They were fine for 219 years. Washington transitioned to Jefferson and so on until now. It’s only because 45 is an idiot that there was a problem this time. No, wait, strike that. There was one other transition that caused an issue. When “W” transitioned, he ignored the outgoing administration and then we got 9/11. But other than the last two Republican presidents, no issue. Maybe we should simply elect better presidents?
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11/25/2018
This bill is a reflection of the general and overwhelming incompetence of our current president. You cannot replace an absence of curiosity coupled with a near complete ignorance of federal governance and fix it with legislation. We’re living through an inherent and permanent risk of a democratic republic.
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What is Senate Bill S. 3487?

This bill — the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2018 — would aim to improve the orderly transfer of the executive power during presidential transitions. It’d require the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the transition representative of each eligible candidate by no later than September 1 of an election year. At a minimum, this memorandum would include the conditions of access to employees, facilities, and documents of agencies by transition staff.

This bill would also add a process for the termination of a transition representative under a memorandum of understanding. This would occur either: 1) no later than 180 days after the inauguration, or 2) upon the request of the president-elect or vice president-elect, or after the inauguration upon the request of either the president or vice president.

Impact

Presidential candidates; vice presidential candidates; presidential candidates’ transition representatives; and the General Services Administration Administrator.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3487

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced this bill to help ensure well-organized and effectual transitions from one presidential administration to another. When he originally introduced this bill alongside Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) in 2015, Sen. Johnson said:

“Regardless of what party wins an election and takes the White House, it is imperative that the transition of power is as smooth as possible. Handing over the keys to the entire $3.5 trillion federal government is a colossal undertaking. I am pleased to cosponsor legislation.. that will make modest but important improvements to streamline the transition process.”

In 2015, Sen. Carper added that the peaceful transition from one administration to another is one of the greatest virtues of American democracy, and that it’s important for Congress to help ensure this process’ success:

“One of the great virtues of our nation is the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next, regardless of political affiliation. When a new president takes the oath of office, the new administration must be as prepared as possible to hit the ground running from day one. Given the challenges facing our country, both at home and abroad, Congress has a critical responsibility to help ensure an orderly transition from one administration to the next. This bipartisan legislation, which builds on work spearheaded by my former colleague Sen. Ted Kaufman, would help ensure that the roles and responsibilities for a well-organized transition between administrations are clear. This piece of legislation offers some common-sense improvements to the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and outlines the shared responsibilities between outgoing and incoming administrations to prepare for a smooth transition to the White House for new presidents.”

The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition notes the importance of a good presidential transition:

“Preparing to take over the presidency of the United States of America is highly complex and extremely important. Done well, it will set up a new administration for success for the next four years; done poorly, and it will be difficult for a new administration to recover… New administrations often have faced a major crisis within their rst few months in o ce, from the economic meltdown that confronted President Barack Obama as he took the reins in January 2009, to the September 11th terrorist attacks that occurred nine months after President George W. Bush’s inauguration, to the lingering savings and loan crisis that required the early attention of President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Candidates cannot wait until after the election to begin thinking about how they will organize and prepare to deal with such emergencies. This work must begin well in advance of Election Day so the new administration is ready to govern—and prepared for any possibility—on day one.”

The Congressional Research Service contends that there’s growing recognition that well-planned transitions are needed to ensure smooth transfers of power:

“Growing recognition of the necessity of a well-planned, organized, and coordinated transition to a new Administration's ability to assume responsibility on inauguration day for governing has shifted stakeholders' perspectives. Contributing to the impetus for a more robust transition with a longer lead time (i.e., pre-election planning) was the realization that the period of time between the date of the general election and inauguration day is insufficient for accomplishing necessary tasks and activities given the complexity of a presidential transition and the federal government.”

Chris Lu, who was part of President Barack Obama’s transition team, calls the process “a little bit like planning the D-Day invasion,” pointing out that “you can’t start planning on the day after Election Day. You have to have a battle plan in place beforehand.”

This bill passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs with an amendment, without any cosponsors.


Of Note: About 75 days after the election, the entire leadership of the executive branch is replaced. In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville called the American presidential transition a revolution caused by law.

Although some form of transition of power has been carried out for over 200 years, it wasn’t until 1963 — during the Kennedy administration — that Congress enacted the Transition Act to provide money for the next transition. After its passage, Kennedy’s assassination and Lyndon B. Johnson’s assumption of the presidency and subsequent re-election meant that the first formal transition wasn’t until 1968, when Richard Nixon became president.

In March 2016, then-President Obama signed the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015, requiring the government to set up transition councils, identify agency leaders responsible for transition planning, and make sure that career civil servants are ready to step in for the previous administration’s political appointees, who are expected to leave the government long before the formal inauguration of the next president.

The Trump administration’s transition was notably rocky. President-elect Trump’s hands-off approach to transition preparations and belief that it was bad karma to start planning a presidency before he won the election meant that his team didn’t put enough work into planning the transition. Therefore, in April 2017, an administration insider said, “[the transition] went off the rails almost immediately after the election,” leading to an incomplete pipeline of appointees for the new administration, poorly-delineated lines of authority, and nominees whose backgrounds hadn’t been properly vetted.

Ken Nahigian, who played a central role in the pre-and post-election phases of the Trump transition, disputes the characterization of the Trump transition as chaotic, arguing that it was “as smooth and well executed as we ever could have expected.”

In some sense, Nahigian isn’t incorrect. The Trump transition team read almost 87,000 resumes, identified over 500 people to go into agencies after Inauguration Day, conducted hundreds of interviews of prospective nominees, and established new procedures that could benefit future transitions. However, the transition operated as two units: one in Washington, D.C., where the bulk of the staff was based, and the other at Trump Tower, where the president-elect and his top campaign advisers were located.


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / lucky-photographer)

AKA

Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to amend the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 to improve the orderly transfer of the executive power during Presidential transitions.

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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 25th, 2018
    Yes they should and often do - however in Trumpster’s case I didn’t happen and that’s obvious to anyone who knows even the slightest about transitions. Good book on the subject is “The Fifth Risk”. We will need to change things to assure that even Autocrats like Trump.
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    To date there has only been one moronic individual who didn't comprehend the transition process. That would be the current resident in our White House.
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    They were fine for 219 years. Washington transitioned to Jefferson and so on until now. It’s only because 45 is an idiot that there was a problem this time. No, wait, strike that. There was one other transition that caused an issue. When “W” transitioned, he ignored the outgoing administration and then we got 9/11. But other than the last two Republican presidents, no issue. Maybe we should simply elect better presidents?
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    S. 3487 AKA - Presidential Transition Enhancement Act I’m in strong agreement with and support the passage of the SENATE bill S. 3487 AKA the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act of 2018 which would aim to improve the orderly transfer of the executive power during presidential transitions. It’d require the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the transition representative of each eligible candidate by no later than September 1 of an election year. At a minimum, this memorandum would include the conditions of access to employees, facilities, and documents of agencies by transition staff. Presidential transitions aren’t sufficiently planned out in advance of Inauguration Day. Ensuring that each presidential candidate’s transition representative coordinates with the General Services Administration will help with more advance planning for transitions. We’ve seen, particularly by the previous Obama Administrations “DARK STATE” operation to accomplish a hindering demonstration of leaving stay behind elements, to conduct political hinderance activities, to prevent President Trump from accomplishing his administration’s political agenda. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻👍🏻. 11*24*18....
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    This bill is a reflection of the general and overwhelming incompetence of our current president. You cannot replace an absence of curiosity coupled with a near complete ignorance of federal governance and fix it with legislation. We’re living through an inherent and permanent risk of a democratic republic.
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    This wouldn’t be a concern if the current administration had a clue of what was expected....
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    Wouldn't be needed if Trump had a least a 2 digit IQ.
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    There always be some sort of oversight in transition in the White House! Always! There are thieves and vandals! Ask The Clintons!
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    This would not be needed if the repugs could elect qualified people instead of failed businessmen trying to escape prosecution.
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    There is no reason to require all future presidential candidates to suffer for the ineptitude and arrogance of Trump.
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    Half of all Americans are poor or low-income, we’ve had endless war for 18 years - I think as a nation we’ve got much bigger fish to fry than this concern!
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    There’s already Private and Public organizations AND Federal Funding. More Republicans wasting time, money and space. Let’s focus on helping our country. Let’s do something about the deficit. Let’s help the poor, the sick, the hungry and I don’t mean the MONEY HUNGRY!
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    Wouldn’t need this if what’s his name had a clue of what to do or how to act!
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    When you have presidents like GH Bush’s team working with Clinton and Presidents passing letters to each other like GW Bush and President Obama the transition goes smoothly. But when you have dumb ass trump sitting there with his thumb up his ass while President Obama tries to educate stumpy trump acting like he knows it all then he bound to failure that’s why 2 years into his shit hole half the White House positions have been filled, trump is a freaking clown 🤡
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    If there are already procedures in place, it doesn’t seem like we need additional structure. Plainly, it’s not possible to make the process idiot- proof.
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    Ignorance of the process should not require a legislative solution.
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    It’s important to note. Transition has occurred without a law in the past until this current Administration has decided not to take advantage of the offers by previous administrations. They could have reached out to any Administration but chose not to.
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    Only one -TRUMP- has had a problem and that is because he wouldn’t & won’t pay any attention to WHAT HE’S SUPPOSED TO DO!!! He’s bound & determined to MAKE A DICTATORSHIP OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. WHY ELSE WOULD HE MEET ALONE WITH DICTATORS AND DO ALL HE CANTK DESTROY IUR COUNTRY.???? Make a LAW that makes it Mandatory for every candidate for Fed Office show ALL THEIR FINANCIAL PAPERWORK, including THEIR TAXES.
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    The Trump Presidential Transition team was a no show at the Obama transition meeting. What good is it if Trump team does not show up. They already knows everything, just ask them!
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    I have a better idea - how about we NOT elect game show hosts with the intellect of a soiled diaper, the temperament of a gorilla on a three week meth bender, and a history of real estate and marketing fraud instead?
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