Federal Spotlight: Biden’s Cabinet Beginning to Take Shape

December 3, 2020

As the transition between the outgoing and incoming administrations unfolds, President-elect Joe Biden has begun announcing his choices for his cabinet and other senior posts within the federal government. Some of the most important choices revealed so far include Tony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy advisor to Mr. Biden, to be his Secretary of State. He has selected Janet Yellen to lead Treasury. She has previously served as Chair of the Federal Reserve under President Obama. He has picked Neera Tanden to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She previously served as president and CEO of American Progress, a liberal think tank. He has not announced a pick for Labor Secretary, but it’s been reported that Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer is under consideration for that post. These are just a few of the most high-level announcements so far. Cabinet nominees and those chosen for select senior-level positions must go through the Senate confirmation process, which will be interesting to watch should Republicans hold the majority in January. If that happens, Mr. Biden will have to negotiate with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). You can read more from National Public Radio