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External Resources

The following external resources offer additional perspectives about the election process and the Presidential transition.

Federal Election Commission

In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) – the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.

Office of Personnel Management 2016 Presidential Transition Guide

To facilitate the transition to a new Administration, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its 2016 Presidential Transition Guide providing the incoming Administration and agency officials who have transition responsibilities, with a detailed description of the various rules, regulations, and policies that govern the establishment of transition teams, the departure and appointment of political appointees, and the treatment of career Federal employees (especially members of the Senior Executive Service) during the transition period.

Last Reviewed: 2020-02-03