GSA's Role in Presidential Transitions

The General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator does not pick the winner in the Presidential election. In accordance with the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (PTA), as amended, and consistent with precedent established by the Clinton Administration in 2000, the GSA Administrator ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution. The Administrator’s ascertainment is done for the purposes of making additional services provided by the PTA available. Until an ascertainment is made, the statute allows for the Biden Transition Team to continue to receive the pre-elect services from the government (e.g., office space, computers, background investigations for security clearances). GSA has met all statutory requirements under the PTA for this election cycle and will continue to do so.

See our Presidential Transition Directory for additional information about GSA's role in the Presidential transition.

Letter of Ascertainment [PDF - 103 KB]

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Last Reviewed: 2020-11-23