CWLA would like to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, along with the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Although, President Donald Trump has not conceded and the federal government has not begun the transition process, President-elect Biden has begun the transfer of power.
Last week, November 10, 2020, President-Elect Biden’s campaign announced their transition team or agency review team members. There are 39 teams. The teams cover the various departments and some prominent agencies such as the Social Security Administration and the Postal Service. The teams are built around volunteers, paid full-time staff, and then later detailees from respective government agencies and departments when that becomes permitted by the Trump Administration. The two team leaders for the Department of Health and Human Services are Robert Gordon, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP. Roberts currently serves as Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s human services leader. He was appointed in 2017 and had previous Washington DC experience in the Office of Management and Budget and US Department of Education under President Obama. Brooks-LaSure also worked in the Obama Administration, overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). On late Wednesday, the Biden team announced the selection of Ron Klain to serve as the Chief of Staff for the President. Klain has a lengthy resume working for Biden, past presidents, and the Senate.
As the coronavirus pandemic is surging across the nation, the Biden-Harris Administration has pledged to control the spread of the COVID pandemic that has infected more than 10 million people, and over 240,000 people have died from coronavirus. A coronavirus advisor to President-elect Biden suggested that shutting down for four to six weeks could curve the coronavirus’s spread to get the economy on track until a vaccine is approved and distributed.
CWLA looks forward to working with the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress in the coming months on many issues concerning children and families in America. To keep up to date on some of these developments, the transition website can be reached at https://buildbackbetter.com/