President-elect Joe Biden is being denied intelligence briefings as outgoing GSA administrator Emily Murphy will not affirm his win to officially begin his transition to commander-in-chief. Murphy’s predecessor has now cautioned that the process should not be partisan for the sake of the country.
Denise Turner Roth served as administrator of the General Services Administration from 2015 to 2017 during Barack Obama’s time as president. The role is not well known but an essential part of it is to acknowledge the winner in a presidential election and provide a path to transition between ongoing and outgoing administrations.
In an op-ed published by CNN Wednesday, Turner Roth expressed her concerns over Murphy’s stonewalling more than two weeks after Biden was projected to be the 46th President of the United States.
“As it is, the transition period barely gives enough time to prepare the incoming leadership. Every day lost sets the new administration further behind and can hamper its ability to effectively govern,” Turner Roth wrote.
“This delay is particularly dangerous considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The federal government must operate efficiently and smartly to see our nation through this difficult time.”
Roth cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a matter of urgency and that Biden needed to have full knowledge of what is taking place to address it.
However, he is not allowed to work with government officials because Murphy has not signed a letter of ascertainment acknowledgment that he won the election.
“The transition team also needs access to staff at the Health and Human Services Department who have direct lines to the local health agencies that will play a key role in vaccine distribution. It needs to consult with Treasury Department officials over the implementation of future Covid economic relief,” Roth continued.
“There are countless problems that can emerge from a transition delay, but surely the most urgent and tragic one is a crippled government response to a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and sickened millions.”
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