Biden push forward quickly to build out his administration

Biden push forward quickly to build out his administration
President-elect Joe Biden gestures to supporters Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: On Sunday, President-elect Joe Biden signaled that he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging coronavirus pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration.

Biden named a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, David Kessler, and a former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, as co-chairs of a coronavirus working group set to get started. Other members expected to be announced Monday.

This week, transition team officials also said that the President-elect will launch his agency review teams, the group of transition staffers who have access to key agencies in the current administration to ease the transfer of power. The teams will collect and review information such as staffing and budgetary decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from current staff at the departments to help Biden’sBiden’s team prepare to transition. Officials at the White House would not comment on whether they would cooperate with Biden’sBiden’s team on the review.

In an interview with NBC, Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said: “”People want the country to move forward and see Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “”have the opportunity to do the work, to get the virus under control and to get our economy back together.””

It’sIt’s unclear for now whether President Donald Trump, a Republican, and his administration will cooperate. He has yet to acknowledge his opponent’sopponent’s victory and has pledged to mount legal challenges in several closely contested states that decided the race.

Jen Psaki, one of Biden advisers, pressed for the head of the General Services Administration, appointed by President Trump, to quickly recognize Biden as the president-elect, which would free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’sBiden’s team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies.

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