If presidential transitions are so important, should a political appointee whose performance is subject to the control and direction of the outgoing President have virtually unfettered discretion to determine whether they have the resources they need to succeed? This Note answers that question in the
negative. It argues that the ascertainment the PTA assigns to the GSA Administrator should be an independent determination insulated from political pressure exerted by the President.
To read this Note, please click here: Independence in the Interregnum: Delayed Presidential Transitions and the GSA Administrator’s Ascertainment Under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.