The key ingredient that Joe Biden is missing to move forward is a letter of ascertainment. The General Services Administration or GSA has declined to call the race. The GSA administrator, Emily Murphy, who is responsible for signing the letter, was appointed by President Donald Trump.
A spokesperson speaking on behalf of GSA told CBS News that “GSA and its Administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law and adhere to prior precedent established by the Clinton Administration in 2000.”
During the 2000 presidential election, a recount was made in Florida. President George Bush ultimately won the presidential election by 537 votes.
The GSA is important during the period of transition because they allow the new administration to use government funds for office space and give access to federal agencies. Without the GSA’s approval, things are difficult for the incoming administration. Biden has not received the highly-classified Presidential Daily Briefing, which puts national security at risk.
“We must be prepared for a seamless transfer of knowledge to the incoming administration to protect our interest at home and abroad. The agency review process will help lay the foundation for meeting these challenges on Day One,” Senator Ted Kaufman, co-chair of the transition team, said to CBS. ” The work of the agency review teams is critical for protecting national security, addressing the ongoing public health crisis, and demonstrating that America remains the beacon of democracy for the world.”