In response to the numerous letters we've sent, Keith Harper from President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team has communicated the following:
I have received many of these emails inviting me to meet. Please be advised and advise all others who have sent me this request that I would have no problem meeting with you ordinarily but as of January 20, my service and the service of all the Transition team will be terminated as the new Administration takes office. As I do not anticipate accepting a position in the new Administration, I will at that point be a private citizen.
I think it would be best at this late point in the Transition process that you contact the new Administration regarding your concerns once they have had a chance to settle in and request a meeting with them. Of course, I cannot commit that Administration to any meeting or any position.
In addition, if there is written material that you would like to submit to Transition, you can do so through Greg Nelson of our Office of Public Liaison (who is copied on this message) and it will become part of the official Transition record. I'd ask that your group collect its thoughts in one document and Greg and I can work to make sure it gets to the right place to advise the new Administration of your issues. You will have to make any submission by this Friday.
Thank you for your desire and willingness to add your voice to this critical preparatory process.
Thank you Mr. Harper for giving us the direction we need to get our information in front of our new President of the United States and his team.