USAID Head Barsa Holding On Agency’s Transition Until GSA Letter Affirming Election Results Signed

CNBC: Trump agency official privately says there is ‘no transition in place’ after Biden’s victory
“President Donald Trump’s acting head of the U.S. Agency for International Development told political appointees that the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden hasn’t started yet. John Barsa, the acting deputy administrator of USAID, privately told members of his team on Monday that, despite Biden’s victory, the transition of power has not started and will not begin until the General Services Administration signs off. ‘The only official announcement about an election result that matters is from the head of GSA. So until the head of GSA makes a determination as to who won an election, nothing changes,’ Barsa said, according to a recording of the meeting reviewed by CNBC. ‘There is no transition in place.’ A spokesman for USAID did not respond to a request for comment. Emily Murphy, the administrator for the GSA, must sign a letter affirming the election results in order for Biden’s transition to receive the legally mandated millions of dollars in federal funding…” (Schwartz, 11/9).

Washington Post: Top Trump appointee at USAID tells colleagues not to support Biden transition
“…USAID officials were also told on the call that three Trump loyalists are being elevated to top positions at the agency, even as the administration enters its waning days, according to the officials, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment on internal discussions…” (Torbati et al., 11/9).

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