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Azar Says HHS Now Working on Biden Transition

Azar Says HHS Now Working on Biden Transition
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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 03:29 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says his agency is working to immediately get briefing materials to Joe Biden’s team and pledged a “professional, cooperative and collaborative” transition to a new administration.

Azar said in a news briefing Tuesday that the deputy surgeon general, Rear Admiral Erica Schwartz, began communicating Monday night with Biden’s team.

That communication was triggered by the head of the General Services Administration earlier Monday writing the necessary letter of “ascertainment” acknowledging Biden as the apparent winner of the Nov. 3 election.

Azar said his department will provide briefings with Biden’s team to ensure they’re getting information that they feel they need that is consistent with the law and past practice.President-elect Joe Biden says he is “pleased” that his administration has officially been allowed to begin the transition process in filling out a new government.

Biden said he was pleased by the new cooperation. On Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, he said receiving the transitional status known as “ascertainment” would allow his team to “prepare to meet the challenges at hand” in transferring power from the Trump administration to his own.

Late Monday, the General Services Administration “ascertained” that Biden is the apparent winner of this month’s presidential election. That process gives the incoming president and his team access to officials at federal agencies and directs the Justice Department to work on security clearances for transition team members and Biden political appointees.

Biden spoke as he rolled out his picks to fill top national security slots in his Cabinet including secretary of state, national security adviser and a new, Cabinet-level post dedicated to climate change. He said he hoped his nominees receive a prompt confirmation process.

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