Puerto Rico government transition process

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Puerto Rico government transition process
Process overview
Formedad hoc
after a new Governor is elected
Jurisdictionexecutive branch
HeadquartersDepartment of State
Annual budgetnot less than $600,000 USD
Child agencies
Key document
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The Puerto Rico government transition process is the process followed by the executive branch of the government of Puerto Rico when it must transition from one governor to another. The process is handled by two committees:

Puerto Rican law establishes that the committees meet in public hearing whenever in session except when discussing confidential information.[1]

The 2012 transition process is currently ongoing and the committees are in session due to the recent election of Alejandro García Padilla as governor.

Background and regulation

Historically, the transition of government was carried out on the basis of what had been custom and tradition without any formal regulation. This resulted in grants of contracts and auctions during the transition period, thus compromising the budget of the upcoming government.[1]

Law No. 197 of 2002 declared by the 14th Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico, thereafter established and regulated the transitioning process, and set forth the tasks and obligations to be performed by the different government agencies. The law also established that the process must begin four working days after the general election, and conclude by or before December 31. It also established which government officers shall be part of the Outgoing Committee on Government Transition. The law also empowered the governor-elect to file a mandamus in the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico shall the incumbent government refuse to comply with the law.[1]

Past processes


  1. ^ a b c "Law No. 197 of 2002" (PDF). Archived from the original on September 16, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

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