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Presidential Transitions, & More from CRS

The complexities and some of the potential pitfalls of the presidential transition period are described in a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.

“A variety of events, decisions, and activities contribute to what some may characterize as the unfolding drama of a presidential transition. Interparty transitions in particular might be contentious.”

The report addresses the use of executive orders, record preservation and clemency actions by the outgoing Administration, as well as cybersecurity, budget preparation, political appointments, and so forth. See Presidential Transitions: Issues Involving Outgoing and Incoming Administrations, updated November 16, 2016.

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

Counting Electoral Votes: An Overview of Procedures at the Joint Session, Including Objections by Members of Congress, updated November 15, 2016

The Congressional Review Act: Frequently Asked Questions, updated November 17, 2016

Infrastructure Finance and Debt to Support Surface Transportation Investment, updated November 17, 2016

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and Estimates, updated November 16, 2016

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) Transitional Reinsurance Program, November 16, 2016

CRISPR: A Revolutionary Tool for Editing the Code of Life?, CRS Insight, November 17, 2016

Certain U.S. Laws for Foreign Workers Draw Fire from India in the WTO, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 16, 2016

Justice Department’s Role in Cyber Incident Response, CRS Insight, November 15, 2016

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay: History and Legal Issues Regarding Its Lease Agreements, updated November 17, 2016

Iran Sanctions, updated November 16, 2016

Yemen: Civil War and Regional Intervention, updated November 16, 2016