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President Joe Biden
Vice President Kamala Harris
Administration Information

www.whitehouse.govBiden – Harris Plan for Tribal Nations

Consultations

Consultation on Review of National Monument Boundaries and Conditions Established in 2017
12:00 – 2:00 pm ET February 26
1:00 – 3:00 pm ET March 1

WEBINAR: Federal Consultation Policies: Working towards Consent
12:00 – 1:30 pm ET March 3

Tribal Consultation on American Indian Labor Force Report
3:30 – 7:00 pm ET March 8
2:00 – 5:30 pm ET March 9
AGENDA
Presentation Slides

WEBINAR: Discuss EPA Current Consultation Policies and Practices
3:00 – 5:00 pm ET March 15
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET March 17

Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships January 26


HSDW Memo January 22 – White House Releases Executive Order on Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulations


Executive Order Tracker – Akin Gump


January 20: The Biden Administration released an initial list of items for agency review (i.e. reconsideration and likely withdrawal) pursuant to one of the new Admin’s anticipated first Executive Orders, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” Here is a link to the release on the list of items for review.
Here are some highlights:

  • “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act,” 85 Fed. Reg. 43304 (July 16, 2020).
  • “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States,’” 85 Fed. Reg. 22250 (April 21, 2020).
  • “National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions,” 86 Fed. Reg. 4198 (January 15, 2021).
  • “Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter,” 85 Fed. Reg. 82684 (December 18, 2020).
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, M-37056: Status of Mineral Ownership Underlying the Missouri River within the Boundaries of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota) (May 26, 2020).
  • “National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures for the Bureau of Land Management (516 DM 11),” 85 Fed. Reg. 25472 (May 1, 2020).
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, M-37055: Withdrawal of Solicitor’s Opinion M-37029, “The Meaning of ‘Under Federal Jurisdiction’ for Purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act” (March 9, 2020).

Another release on Day-1 Executive Actions to, “Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises.” Items of interest include:

  • Launch a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and Leading by Example in the Federal Government: Today, President-elect Biden is launching his “100 Days Masking Challenge,” asking the American people to do their part — their patriotic duty — and mask up for 100 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that masks “are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease.” President-elect Biden is also doing his part by issuing an Executive Order today requiring masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors. He is also asking the Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control to engage with state, local, Tribal, and territorial officials to implement masking, physical distancing, and other CDC public measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Structure Our Federal Government to Coordinate a Unified National Response: The federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat COVID-19. President-elect Biden will sign an Executive Order creating the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator, who will report directly to the President and be responsible for coordinating all elements of the COVID-19 response across government, including managing efforts to produce, supply, and distribute personal protective equipment, vaccines, and tests. In addition, this Executive Order restores the NSC Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to focus on domestic and global biological threats, play a critical role in stopping the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevent future biological catastrophes.
  • Launch a Whole-of-Government Initiative to Advance Racial Equity: The president-elect will sign an Executive Order beginning the work of embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions. The Executive Order will define equity as the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; LGBTQ+ persons; people with disabilities; religious minorities, persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality. The president-elect will:
    • Establish that advancing equity for all — including people of color and others who have been historically underserved and marginalized — is the responsibility of the whole of our government;
    • Direct every federal agency to undertake a baseline review of the state of equity within their agency and deliver an action plan within 200 days to address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs;
    • Launch a new equitable data working group to ensure that federal data reflects the diversity of America;
    • Task the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with working to more equitably allocate federal resources to empower and invest in communities of color and other underserved communities;
    • Improve the delivery of government benefits and services to ensure that families of all backgrounds across the country can access opportunity, for example by reducing language access barriers;
    • Study new methods that federal agencies can use to assess whether proposed policies advance equity;
    • Direct agencies to engage with communities who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and harmed by federal policies.
    • In this Executive Order, the president-elect will also rescind the Trump Administration’s 1776 Commission, which has sought to erase America’s history of racial injustice. And, he will revoke President Trump’s damaging executive order limiting the ability of federal government agencies, contractors and even some grantees from implementing important and needed diversity and inclusion training. Additional actions in the coming weeks will restore and reinvigorate the federal government’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum: Regulations are an important tool for the federal government to address the crises facing the nation. The Trump Administration unnecessarily hamstrung this critical tool by creating arbitrary obstacles to regulatory action. Today, the president-elect will issue a Presidential Memorandum withdrawing the Trump Administration’s regulatory process executive orders to remove those needless obstacles to regulating in the public’s interest. And, the president-elect will direct the Director of the OMB to develop recommendations for improving and modernizing regulatory review. These recommendations will create a process to advance regulations that promote public health and safety, economic growth, social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations.

Today, the White House Chief of Staff will also issue a regulatory freeze memo that will pause any new regulations from moving forward and give the incoming Administration an opportunity to review any regulations that the Trump Administration tried to finalize in its last days. The memo directs all agencies to confer with the Director of OMB before renewing any regulatory activity. This action will allow the Biden Administration to prevent any detrimental so-called “midnight regulations” from taking effect, while ensuring that urgent measures in the public’s interest can proceed.


President Biden’s Top Administration Picks

Joe Biden Adds Several Native Americans to Administration – NativeNewsOnline January 26
Biden Administration Cabinet & Staff Index – Akin Gump

Cabinet Officials — Department Heads
(* notes nominated, not yet confirmed)
Department of Agriculture – Tom VilsackChief of Staff – Katharine Ferguson
Deputy Agriculture Secretary – Jewel H. Bronaugh
Department of Commerce – Governor Gina Raimondo*Chief of Staff – Mike Harney
Department of Defense – Retired General Lloyd AustinChief of Staff – Vacant
Department of Education – Dr. Miguel CardonaChief of Staff – Sheila Nix
Deputy Education Secretary – Cindy Marten*
Department of Energy – Former Governor Jennifer GranholmChief of Staff – Tarak Shah
Department of Health and Human Services – Xavier Becerra*Chief of Staff – Sean McCluskie
Assistant Health Secretary – Rachel Levine*
Deputy Health and Human Services Secretary – Andrea Palm*
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services –
Department of Homeland Security – Alejandro MayorkasChief of Staff – Vacant
Department of Housing and Urban Development – Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH)*Chief of Staff – Jenn Jones
Department of Interior – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM)*Chief of Staff – Jennifer Van der Heide
Deputy Interior Secretary – Elizabeth Klein*
Department of Justice – Judge Merrick Garland*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Department of Labor – Mayor Marty Walsh*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Department of State – Antony Blinken*Chief of Staff – Suzy George
Department of Transportation – Mayor Pete ButtigiegChief of Staff – Vacant
Deputy Transportation Secretary – Polly Trottenberg*
Department of Treasury – Janet YellenChief of Staff – Didem Nisanci
Department of Veterans Affairs – Denis McDonough*Chief of Staff – Chris Díaz
Cabinet Officials — Cabinet Rank
(* notes nominated, not yet confirmed)
Central Intelligence Agency Director – Amb. William Burns*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Director of the National Economic Council – Brian Deese*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Small Businesses Administrator – Isabel Guzman*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Director of National Intelligence – Avril HainesChief of Staff – Vacant
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate – John Kerry*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality – Brenda Mallory*Chief of Staff – Vacant
National Climate Advisor – Gina McCarthy*Chief of Staff – Maggie Thomas
Chief of Staff – Ron Klain
Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development – Samantha Power*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator – Michael Regan*Chief of Staff – Dan Utech
Director of the Domestic Policy Council – Susan Rice*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – Cecilia Rouse*Chief of Staff – Vacant
U.S. Trade Representative – Katherine Tai*Chief of Staff – Nora Todd
Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Neera Tanden*Chief of Staff – Vacant
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – Linda Thomas-Greenfield*Chief of Staff – Vacant
Senior Staff

White House

  • White House Communications Director – Kate Bedingfield
  • Senior Advisor to the President – Mike Donilon
  • Chief of Staff – Jennifer Van der Heide
  • Deputy Chief of Staff – Jen O’Malley Dillon
  • White House Press Secretary – Jen Psaki
  • Counselor to the President – Steve Ricchetti
  • Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement – Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
  • National Security Adviser – Jake Sullivan

White House Council on Environmental Quality

  • Senior Director for Environmental Justice – Dr. Cecilia Martinez

National Economic Council

  • Special Assistant to the President for Budget and Tax Policy – Nadiya Beckwith-Stanley
  • Deputy Director – Sameera Fazili

National Security Council

  • Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary – Yohannes Abraham
  • Senior Director for Strategic Planning – Sasha Baker
  • Senior Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement – Tanya Bradsher
  • Senior Director for Legislative Affairs – Rebecca Brocato
  • Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense – Elizabeth “Beth” Cameron
  • Senior Director for Technology and National Security – Tarun Chhabra
  • Senior Director for Resilience and Response – Caitlin Durkovich
  • Principal Deputy National Security Advisor – Jon Finer
  • Senior Director for Western Hemisphere – Juan Gonzalez
  • Senior Director for South Asia – Sumona Guha
  • Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Secretary – Ryan Harper
  • Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness – Peter Harrell
  • Senior Director for Press and NSC Spokesperson – Emily Horne
  • Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights – Shanthi Kalathil
  • Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia – Andrea Kendall-Taylor
  • Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy National Security Advisor – Ella Lipin
  • Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa – Brett McGurk
  • Senior Director for Climate and Energy – Melanie Nakagawa
  • Senior Director for Speechwriting and Strategic Initiatives – Carlyn Reichel
  • Senior Director for Europe – Dr. Amanda Sloat

Office of Domestic Climate Policy

  • Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Innovation – Sonia Aggrawal
  • Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy – David Hayes
  • Chief of Staff for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy – Maggie Thomas
  • Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Finance – Jahi Wise

Interior Department

  • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Office of the Secretary – Shakiyya Bland, Ed.D.
  • Deputy Solicitor, Water – Daniel Cordalis
  • Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management – Nada Culver
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs – Bryan Newland

FEDERAL AGENCY LEADERSHIP UNTIL SENATE CONFIRMATIONS


President Elect Joe Biden Website


Archive Articles

Interior Department Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team – January 20
Biden’s Cabinet and Senior Adviser Nominees NYT Article January 12
USET SPF Initial Priorities for Biden-Harris Administration – December 18, 2020
PRESS RELEASE | USET SPF Statement on Historic Nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Secretary of Interior December 17, 2020


Transition Meeting and Inaugural Events