GSA ready'and waiting'for transition team

GSA ready'and waiting'for transition team

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

NOV. 14—When the nation finds out who the 43rd president of the United States will be, the General Services Administration will be ready to help with a transition that involves a lot more than moving the first family into the White House.

With more than 3,000 political appointments up for grabs, 'the presidential transition is a big job machine,' said David W. Riggs, deputy director of GSA's transition support team.

Under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, GSA supplies facilities and services to the new administration between Election Day and Inauguration Day, which will be Jan. 20. GSA has received a $4.3 million appropriation for the job, which has evolved since President Clinton's first term to include information technology services such as e-mail communication, online posting of staff directories, an electronic payroll system and remote data connections.

A skeleton staff from the new president's team was expected to move into office space at the former Year 2000 Conversion Center on Nov. 8, but the program is in limbo along with election results.

When the transition begins, GSA will supply up to 500 PCs, about 85 percent of them 733-MHz Pentium III desktop systems from Dell Computer Corp., and the rest 400-MHz Dell Latitude notebooks. They will be loaded with Microsoft Windows 2000, Office Professional applications and Lotus Notes groupware.

'We're setting them up essentially as a node on the GSA WAN,' Riggs said.

To assist nominees for political positions in the new administration, the Transition to Governing project of the Pew Charitable Trusts has developed a package of online forms. Besides Nomination Forms Online, the Transition to Governing Web site, at , provides a range of information in text and video for the new administration's transition team.

GSA's transition work will end with the inauguration.

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