The campaign website listed the names of around 500 appointees set to work with various federal agencies to make preliminary arrangements as Biden makes his cabinet before moving into the White House on 20th January.
The move shows assurance and confidence in the transition despite outgoing President Donald Trump refusing to accept defeat, demanding extensive checks on vote results.
“The agency review process will help to lay the foundation for meeting these challenges on Day One,” former Senator Ted Kaufman, a senior member of the Biden transition team, told CNN.
“The work of the agency review teams is critical for protecting national security, addressing the ongoing public health crisis, and demonstrating that America remains the beacon of democracy for the world,” he declared
The team believes it can begin to make the necessary arrangements for a Biden administration even though it has not yet been granted full access to federal government departments.
For that, the General Services Administration – which co-ordinates funding and access to federal departments for incoming administrations – would have to recognise Biden’s victory. As yet, it has not done so. Its administrator, Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee, has said the body is waiting to “ascertain” a clear winner “based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”
The Biden team is reportedly preparing for legal action if the Trump administration continues to stall the handover.
Biden has said Trump’s refusal to admit defeat is “an embarrassment” and “will not help the president’s legacy.” The Democrat has insisted that nothing will stop the transfer of power at the White House on 20th January