Biden to Appoint Acting Agency Heads Due to Transition Delays

Biden to Appoint Acting Agency Heads Due to Transition Delays

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden intends to appoint acting agency heads across the federal government once he takes office because of delays to his transition and Senate consideration of his nominees, transition officials said Tuesday.

Mr. Biden’s transition team said career officials would be put in place at most cabinet departments and in some subcabinet agencies following his inauguration next week.

The move will enable Mr. Biden to prevent any of President Trump’s political appointees from staying at the helm of cabinet agencies past Jan. 20, as Senate committees have yet to hold hearings on the president-elect’s nominees, which precede a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

Hearings for only three cabinet nominee—for Treasury Department nominee Janet Yellen, Defense Department pick Lloyd Austin and Homeland Security nominee Alejandro Mayorkas)—have been scheduled so far.

Mr. Trump’s defense and homeland security nominees were confirmed on the day of his inauguration in 2017, while President Obama won confirmation for seven nominees on his first day, including homeland security.

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