Records concerning President-Elect Joe Biden, the transition of power, and ascertainment

Christopher Tidmarsh filed this request with the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
Due Dec. 10, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Christopher Tidmarsh


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all questions sent from any inspector general to any General Services Administration (GSA) officials concerning the GSA's reluctance to begin the process of ascertainment to formally recognize former Vice President Joseph R. "Joe" Biden as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election and as the current president-elect.

As of today, November 10, 2020, President-Elect Biden has clinched enough votes in the Electoral College to win the 2020 presidential election. However, current President Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat, putting a peaceful transition of power in jeopardy. Current GSA administrator Emily W. Murphy is an appointee of President Trump, and she, too, is refusing to recognize Mr. Biden as the president-elect:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/politics/ascertainment-trump-biden-transition/index.html

A peaceful transition of power is important to a healthy democracy, and a refusal to leave power after a legitimate electoral defeat leads to a breakdown in the rule of law in a country.

I ask that all fees for this FOIA request be waived because it is in the public interest to know what the GSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is doing to help ensure a peaceful transition of power and enforce the rule of law after the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Christopher Tidmarsh

From: General Services Administration Office of Inspector General

November 12, 2020

Christopher Tidmarsh
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 104767
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request (OIG Tracking Number 21-003)

Dear Mr. Tidmarsh:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request submitted to the General Services Administration, Office of
Inspector General (GSA OIG) on November 10, 2020, for documents under the
FOIA. Your request was received on the same day and has been assigned the
OIG identification number 21-003. Please refer to this number in all
future correspondence to the OIG concerning your FOIA request.

We will respond to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact
this office at (202) 501-1932 or by e-mail at OIGFOIA-PrivacyAct@gsaig.gov
, to inquire about the status of your FOIA request.

Sincerely,

/s/

Daphne Muse
Lead Paralegal Specialist
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

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