11/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/25/2020 02:58
The Defense Department is working to ensure the transition to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden is a smooth one, Pentagon officials said today.
Last night, the General Services Administration signed paperwork that allowed government employees to speak with members of the Biden-Harris transition office.
Tom Muir, the director of Washington Headquarters Services, will lead the DOD transition effort.
Muir said in a Pentagon press conference that he is operating under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, and that the department has been preparing for transition since June. "We have a DOD policy that guides our actions during transition activities," he said.
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The paperwork from the GSA administrator also made certain post-election resources available to the Biden-Harris transition team. "The head of the Biden-Harris transition team did reach out to me personally last night," Muir said. "We had a conversation via email and we had our first meeting this morning."
Members of the Biden-Harris agency review team will receive office space in the Pentagon and briefings from military and civilian leaders. "We're looking forward to continuing the process with the Biden-Harris transition team in the near future, and throughout the transition period," Muir said.
The DOD is a huge department and it changes. The transition team has provided the Biden-Harris team with interim transition books, with primers detailing the organizational structures, budget, missions and charters of the department.
This includes the military departments, the Joint Staff, the National Guard Bureau and the Office of the Secretary of Defense components. "It is a very detailed, elaborate and deliberate system [for transition]," Muir said.
Contact between the department and the Biden-Harris transition team will grow. "Those will be daily discussions moving forward likely, and will be responsive to the requirements, while ensuring that we implement the national defense strategy of the United States during this time of vulnerability for a nation," Muir said.