December 1, 2000
WASHINGTON,D.C.–Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan has been asked to present his views on the current presidential transition issues before the U. S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology. He will testify at the hearing called “Transitioning to a New Administration: Can the Next President Be Ready?” at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 4, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Gearan was the deputy director of transition for the Clinton administration in 1993.
The subcommittee has called the hearing to examine whether the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 is being fully implemented. Others testifying include: David Gergen, advisor to presidents, John Sununu, the former White House Chief of Staff for the Bush administration, and Jack Watson, the former White House Chief of Staff for the Carter administration.
The committee wants to ensure that the Presidential Transition Act is properly implemented and that an orderly transition takes place. On inauguration day, January 20, 2001, when the newly-elected President takes the oath of office, the nation will undergo its first formal transfer of presidential power since 1993. Aside from the symbolic transfer of power, an orderly transition from the outgoing administration to the incoming administration is essential to ensure continuity in the working affairs of government.
Necessary funding for both the incoming and outgoing administrations is authorized by the Presidential Transition Act. The General Services Administration is authorized to provide suitable office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage costs associated with the transition. For fiscal year 2001, a total of $7.1 million has been allocated for the upcoming transition: $1.98 for the Clinton Administration, $4.27 for the incoming administration, and $1 million for GSA to provide additional services.
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