Monday, May 9, 2016

Dispelling Rumors about Obama's Recent Executive Orders, Transition Act & Presidential Interregnum

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Dani from Removing the Shackles posted some interesting points about Obama's recent amendment to the President Transition Act and Executive Order from May 6th, and I want to add some of my own comments. 

I have had several people ask me what the relevance of these actions by Obama are. Firstly, as Dani states below, it is normal for presidents after Kennedy to make amendments to the act. As a matter of fact, the President Transition Act was signed into law after Kennedy was assassinated. 

Most of the provisions listed by Obama are within the normal bounds of presidential action and precedent. I honestly don't see anything in the order that stands out as 100% proof of anything, other than the fact that Obama will be stepping down at the end of his second term. 

However, there are some reports circulating the internet, such as Neil Keenan's recent update from yesterday, that state Obama has been removed from power, and this order is part of his transition. I cannot confirm this to be the case, and based on what is presented below, it appears that most of the order's statements are part and parcel for what occurs during presidential changeovers. 

This being said it is certainly possible big changes are happening behind the scenes, but in our desire to seek for confirmation of these things, we would do well to properly verify claims. Keeping an open mind is one thing, but believing something to be true without evidence to support it will only cause more confusion and disappointment later. 

The fact is, the order and amendment have no explicit language that would lead one to conclude some kind of Cabal surrender took place. 

If the claims being associated to this are true, we will see more evidence as time goes on. Until then, take care not to place your trust in something that hasn't earned it yet. 

- Justin

Source - Removing the Shackles

Another Executive Order was signed by Obama on Friday May 6th, 2016. And Yes, it is not unusual for an outgoing president to add an amendment to the “President Transition Act" of 1963, and for the amendments to happen within 6 months of the next election. What IS unusual are some of the amendments that Obama added on Friday.


Some of the language used in these amendments is ambiguous to say the least, leaving some points widely open to interpretation, which always sets off alarm bells for me. But for me there is one Glaring addition that stands out like a beacon of neon light, screaming "One of these things just doesn't belong.... One of these things is not like the others".

.... I have spent the last 6 hours reading and reviewing all the amendments to this Act, and never before has
"preparing and hosting interagency emergency preparedness and response exercises" EVER
been a part of the Presidential Transition Act or ANY amendment of that Act!!! For me: ALARM BELLS, Instantaneously.

Below is the entire Executive Order that Obama signed on Friday- which I've highlighted a few of the most interesting additions. I've also added below a link to the original 1963 Act. and few other very interesting pieces of relevant information to be reviewed by those so inclined to jump down this rabbit hole.

One of the other major pieces to this entire "President Transition Act" that immediately jumped out at me: This original Act was created just a month after the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Coincidence? hmmmmmmm......

Another interesting fact about this act is that the term "presidential interregnum" is used in relation to this Act and to the time between the election and inauguration of the incoming president. Interregnum eh? Interesting choice of word...


plural interregnums or interregnaplay \-nÉ™\

1 : the time during which a throne is vacant between two successive reigns or regimes
2 : a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended
3 : a lapse or pause in a continuous series

interregnuma time during which the throne is vacant.

Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

INTERREGNUM, polit. law. In an established government, the period which elapses between the death of a sovereign and the election of another is called interregnum. It is also understood for the vacancy created in the executive power, and for any vacancy which occurs when there is no government.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.

Have a look, what do you think? Interesting, no?


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

May 06, 2016

Executive Order -- Facilitation of a Presidential Transition
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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 7301 of title 5, United States Code, and the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, and to assist the Presidential transition, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. The peaceful transition of power has long been a hallmark of American democracy. It is the policy of the United States to undertake all reasonable efforts to ensure that Presidential transitions are well-coordinated and effective, without regard to party affiliation.

Sec. 2. Establishment of the White House Transition Coordinating Council. (a) To facilitate the Presidential transition, including assisting and supporting the transition efforts of the transition teams of eligible candidates, there is established a White House Transition Coordinating Council.

(b) The White House Transition Coordinating Council shall be composed of the following officials or their designees:
(i) Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, who shall serve as Chair;
(ii) Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, who shall serve as Vice Chair;
(iii) Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation;
(iv) Counsel to the President;
(v) Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel;
(vi) Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs;
(vii) Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism;
(viii) Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director, National Economic Council;
(ix) Director of National Intelligence;

(x) Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
(xi) Administrator of General Services;
(xii) Federal Transition Coordinator;
(xiii) the transition representative for each eligible candidate, who shall serve in an advisory capacity; and
(xiv) any other executive branch official the President determines appropriate.
(c) The White House Transition Coordinating Council shall:
(i) provide guidance to executive departments and agencies (agencies) and the Federal Transition Coordinator regarding preparations for the Presidential transition, including succession planning and preparation of briefing materials;
(ii) facilitate communication and information sharing between the transition representatives of eligible candidates and senior employees in agencies and the Executive Office of the President, including the provision of information relevant to facilitating the personnel aspects of a Presidential transition and such other information that, in the Council's judgment, is useful and appropriate, as long as providing such information is not otherwise prohibited by law; and
(iii) prepare and host interagency emergency preparedness and response exercises.
(d) In order to obtain a wide range of facts and information on prior transitions and best practices, the White House Transition Coordinating Council, its members, or their designees may seek information from private individuals, including individuals in outside organizations, who have significant experience or expertise in Presidential transitions. The White House Transition Coordinating Council, its members, or their designees shall endeavor to obtain such facts and information from individuals representing a range of bipartisan or nonpartisan viewpoints. If the White House Transition Coordinating Council, its members, or their designees find it necessary to seek advice from private individuals or outside organizations, such counsel should be sought in a manner that seeks individual advice and does not involve collective judgment or deliberation.

Sec. 3. Establishment of the Agency Transition Directors Council.

(a) To implement the guidance provided by the White House Transition Coordinating Council and to coordinate transition activities across agencies, there is established an Agency Transition Directors Council.
(b) The Agency Transition Directors Council shall be composed of the following officials or their designees:
(i) Federal Transition Coordinator, who shall serve as Co-Chair;
(ii) Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, who shall serve as Co-Chair;
(iii) a senior career representative from each agency described in section 901(b)(1) of title 31, United States Code, the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Government Ethics, and the National Archives and Records Administration whose responsibilities include leading Presidential transition efforts within the agency;
(iv) during a year in which a Presidential election will be held, a transition representative for each eligible candidate, who shall serve in an advisory capacity;
(v) a senior career representative from any other agency determined by the Co-Chairs to be an agency that has significant responsibilities relating to the Presidential transition process; and
(vi) other senior employees serving in the Executive Office of the President, as determined by the President. 
(c) The Agency Transition Directors Council shall:
(i) ensure the Federal Government has an integrated strategy for addressing interagency challenges and responsibilities around Presidential transitions and turnover of non-career appointees;
(ii) coordinate transition activities among the Executive Office of the President, agencies, and the transition team of eligible candidates and the President-elect and Vice-President-elect;
(iii) draw on guidance provided by the White House Transition Coordinating Council and lessons learned from previous Presidential transitions in carrying out its duties;
(iv) assist the Federal Transition Coordinator in identifying and carrying out his or her responsibilities relating to a Presidential transition;
(v) provide guidance to agencies in gathering briefing materials and information relating to the Presidential transition that may be requested by eligible candidates;
(vi) ensure materials and information described in subparagraph (v) of this subsection are prepared not later than November 1 of the year during which a Presidential election is held;
(vii) ensure agencies adequately prepare career employees who are designated to fill non-career positions during a Presidential transition; and
(viii) consult with the President's Management Council, or any successor thereto, in carrying out its duties.
(d) The Agency Transition Directors Council shall meet:
(i) subject to subparagraph (ii) of this subsection, not less than once per year; and
(ii) during the period beginning on the date that is 6 months before a Presidential election and ending on the date on which the President-elect is inaugurated, on a regular basis as necessary to carry out its duties and authorities.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) The terms "eligible candidate," "Federal Transition Coordinator," and "Presidential election" shall have the same meaning as those terms used in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended. The term "President's Management Council" shall have the same meaning as that term is used in the Presidential Memorandum of July 11, 2001.
(d) This order is intended only to facilitate the transition and is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


Presidential Transition Act: 

Provisions and Funding
Henry B. Hogue
Analyst in American National Government
April 12, 2016

Related Infrastructure

The PTA directs the President, in general, to “take such actions as the President determines
necessary and appropriate to plan and coordinate activities by the Executive branch ... to facilitate an efficient transfer of power.”

More specifically, the law directs the President to establish and operate, as specified, a White House transition coordinating council and an agency transition directors council (described in detail below). The statute directs the Administrator to designate a senior career GSA official to be the Federal Transition Coordinator (FTC). The FTC is to carry out transition related functions assigned to GSA, to coordinate transition planning across federal agencies, to ensure agency compliance with transition-related planning and reporting requirements, and to act as liaison to eligible candidates.

The President is to establish the White House transition coordinating council no later than early May of the presidential election year. This council is tasked with providing guidance to federal agencies and the FTC on transition preparations, facilitating communication between eligible candidates’ representatives and senior officials in the agencies and in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), and preparing and hosting interagency emergency preparedness and response exercises. The members of this council are to include senior executive branch officials, the FTC, eligible candidates’ representatives (in an advisory capacity), and others, as the President deems appropriate......

Original “President Transition Act of 1963:

Brookings Institute:

Implementation of the 1963 Presidential Transition Act
United States presidential transition 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPresidential transition or presidential interregnumrefers to the period of time between the end of a presidential election and theinauguration of a new President of a country. During this time the incoming President usually designates new government personnel, including selecting new Cabinet positions and government department or agency heads.


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