A little-known Trump appointee is in charge of handing transition resources to Biden — and she isn’t budging
By Lisa Rein, Jonathan O’Connell and Josh Dawsey
A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.
The administrator of the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, has a little-known role when a new president is elected: to sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as give access to government officials, office space in agencies and equipment authorized for the taxpayer-funded transition teams of the winner.
It amounts to a formal declaration by the federal government, outside of the media, of the winner of the presidential race.