Biden signs transition memo with General Services Administration

Biden signs transition memo with General Services Administration
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE’s transition team on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Services Administration (GSA) to plan for a possible change of power should he win in the 2020 election. 

A spokesperson for GSA, an independent agency, confirmed that the memorandum was signed by the two parties on Thursday. The development was first reported by The Associated Press

The memorandum is required under the Presidential Transition Act, which was signed into law in 1963 to help ensure a smooth transition of power.

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The memorandum is expected to be published in the GSA FOIA Electronic Reading Room next week, according to the agency spokesperson. 

The 2020 presidential election is two months away, and polls show Biden leading Trump nationally while the race is tightening in some key battleground states. 

Both candidates are stepping up their campaigning in the coming weeks.

Biden will visit the battleground state of Michigan next week while Trump will travel to North Carolina, the president's third trip to the state in as many weeks. The presidential debates are scheduled to begin at the end of September.