In a letter addressed to the head of Biden’s transition team, Ted Kaufman, Vought announced he wanted to “correct several false statements” and underlined that his agency will not allow current OMB staff to write Biden policy suggestions “to dismantle this administration’s work.”
“Since ascertainment, OMB has provided significant briefing materials on its operations, and has provided factual information about ongoing programs to the [Biden transition team] upon request,” he wrote.
Vought maintained that the office has been completely cooperative over the course of 45 meetings with Biden’s staff to address specific matters, operational questions, and more. He further wrote that his OMB staff had briefed transition officials on Operation Warp Speed and other coronavirus pandemic relief efforts.
“Furthermore, there is a record of your team accessing these critical documents just last week,” Vought wrote.
“As the record shows, OMB has fully participated in appropriate transition efforts. What we have not done and will not do is use current OMB staff to write the BTT’s [Biden transition team’s] legislative policy proposals to dismantle this Administration’s work,” he added.
Biden’s team has got $9.9 million in federal funding to guarantee a smooth transition, Vought noted.
“OMB staff are working on this administration’s policies and will do so until this Administration’s final day in office,” Vought proceeded. “Redirecting staff and resources to draft your team’s budget proposals is not an OMB transition responsibility.”
Vought added, “Our system of government has one president and one administration at a time. OMB will not participate in developing policies that will weaken border security, dismantle the president’s deregulatory successes, and draft budgets that will bankrupt America.”
Biden has claimed victory in the 2020 election and is planning to take office. President Donald Trump and some Republicans are challenging the election results in several counties with claimed evidence of election fraud. While the legal challenges remain, Trump last month showed his support to the head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, to start the transition process according to Section 3 of the Presidential Transition Act. Murphy announced she made the decision independently after being threatened for not having started the transition process.
In a letter, Murphy explicitly stated that the presidency had not been decided.
“GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified,” she wrote. “The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution.”