Congress approves bill to ease presidential transitions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill intended to improve presidential transitions.

The bill would require the White House to create an interagency team of senior officials at least six months before Election Day. The group would develop an integrated strategy for transition from one president to the next. A career employee at the General Services Administration would serve as federal transition coordinator.

The bill would also expand training available to incoming presidential appointees.

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin co-sponsored the measure. Johnson chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, while Carper is the senior Democrat.

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The House approved the measure Monday on a voice vote. It now goes to the president’s desk.