Transition Team Engagement
As part of our ongoing work, ASBC has been engaged with the Biden-Harris Agency Review Teams throughout the White House administration transition, leading up to the inauguration in January 2021. We are continuing to engage stakeholders across our issue areas to bring timely and concrete recommendations for these teams. You will find below our memos to the teams, the areas they cover and all partner groups and coalitions involved.
On December 14, ASBC met with Biden appointees tasked with reviewing the Department of Labor: Chris Lu, Obama’s cabinet secretary and deputy Labor secretary; and Josh Orton, a Sanders senior advisor. Priorities we discussed at this in-depth meeting include federal paid family leave, universal broadband access, minimum wage increase, race and equity improvements and worker ownership.
Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One. These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government.
ASBC has developed this memo for the Agency Review Team of the Department of Interior, high-lighting key issues to their team. Top line issues discussed include the immediate suspension of the sales of coastal drilling leases, stronger protection for Bears Ears, the Grand Staircase Escalante and all National Monuments, expanding broadband coverage, and working with the EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine.
ASBC has developed this memo for the Agency Review Team of the Small Business Administration, high-lighting key issues to their team. Top line issues discussed include expanding federal tools for investment, expands programs that support women and minority owned businesses, establishing a direct small-business loan program, and continuing to promote crowdfunding investment options through SBDCs.