WASHINGTON, DC – The transition for President-elect Joe Biden began long before the results became clearer on Saturday with a campaign to launch a website focused on the process.
Buildbackbetter.com has an image of Biden with the words “Transition Biden-Harris” on a blue background.
A message below the photo read: “The crises the country faces are very serious – from pandemic to economic recession, climate change to racial injustice – and the transition group. preparations will continue at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can land on Day One. “
Certainly the “start running” process will be a tough one as Biden wants to determine its first 100 days in position.
First, Biden will have to show that his team can cope better with the coronavirus pandemic. He will also face what Democrats say is the damage the Trump administration has inflicted on Washington bureaucracy, as well as low morale throughout civil service.
“This will be one of the most important, most difficult and costly transitions in modern American history,” said Chris Korge, chairman of the Democratic National Financial Committee. funding in a recent letter obtained by the Associated Press. “There’s so much work to do.”
According to the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit that advises presidential candidates on transition, Biden will have to name more than 4,000 politically appointed people to fill its administration, including More than 1,200 Senate certification requests were required. There are 700 key executive branch nominations that require Senate endorsement, 153 of which are currently vacant.
Chris Lu, executive director of President Barack Obama’s 2008 transition, said having gaps in some parts would be key to addressing the country’s position globally and the crisis. climate.
“There’s a lot of expertise just just gone away – especially, when you look at places like the State Department and foreign affairs or in climate agencies like the EPA or the Interior,” he said. he said.
Biden is reviewing the prompt announcements of Cabinet options that will be key in the coronavirus response, according to those involved in the transition plan, who have been told on condition of anonymity to discuss the private chat.
Those roles include leaders of the treasury and health and human services departments and director of the National Economic Council.
Biden is expected to turn to some of his old rivals and whom he has considered as his potential mate to run for the top positions in the Cabinet.
Associated Press contributed to this report.