The United States General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process. The Cable News Network (CNN) reported this quoting a letter from Administrator Emily Murphy.

The letter is the first step the administration has taken to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s defeat, more than two weeks after Biden was declared the winner in the election.

The letter signals that Murphy will formally sign off on Biden’s victory, a normally perfunctory process known as ascertainment.

The move will allow the transition to officially begin, permitting current administration agency officials to coordinate with the incoming Biden team, and providing millions in government funding for the transition.

The move toward ascertainment comes after Michigan formally certified its election results and Georgia certified its razor-thin presidential results on Friday.

Pennsylvania is nearing certification of its election results, too.