Vice President Joe Biden has personally made a series of calls this week to Democratic strategists from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, asking a final round of detailed questions about how - not whether - to launch a 2016 presidential campaign.
He is asking these people to work for him if he runs.
The vice president has been making clear that his family is fully supportive of him jumping into the 2016 race, according to people familiar with the calls.
The new round of calls this week - from the vice president himself, not simply his top advisers - suggest Biden is finally moving toward announcing a decision.
Biden has not shared the timing of his decision or announcement with people he is calling this week.
One senior party official said the announcement is expected in the next three days, while other Democrats say Biden may wait for a week or more.
He will reveal his decision before month's end.