Amanda Farnan
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Q&A: With Presidential Transition, a New Agenda for Federal Technology

December 15, 2020

Ever since George Washington handed over the keys to the government to John Adams in 1797, new presidents have installed their own new workforces in relatively short periods of time. The average transition period between administrations averages about 75 days, but some are shorter: former President George W. Bush’s transition did not officially begin until December 2000, after the historic court battle over that contested election; President-elect Joe Biden’s was slowed for about three weeks until the General Services Administration granted his team access to government resources in late November.