White House to ramp up transition planning in early spring

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Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff says planning for the transition to the next president will ramp up in early spring.

Denis McDonough says the process so far has been limited to "getting paper and process in place" to start the transition effort. He says he hasn't yet spoken to President Barack Obama's Cabinet about the transition.

But McDonough tells a Christian Science Monitor breakfast the White House will go into planning mode "pretty aggressively" around the start of spring. He says the president hasn't yet determined which aide will be in charge.

The transition from one White House to the next is an elaborate and lengthy process involving both the current and incoming presidents' staffs. The goal is to ensure as seamless a handover as possible.

McDonough also is offering more details about an unexpected reference President Barack Obama made in his State of the Union address to more funding to end malaria. McDonough says Obama came back from a trip and said he'd read about how close the world is to beating the mosquito-borne disease.

He says if the U.S. can give it an extra push, the world may be able to "close this out."