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This week, the US General Services Administration declared Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election. Now President Trump has permitted his team to commence critical transition practices including daily security briefings and pandemic management information sharing. President Trump has still not officially conceded and is continuing court battles though no legal challenges have gotten a foothold so far and signs point to a smooth Electoral College process on 14 December. 

The hold-ups in the transition have not stopped the Biden team from moving forward. He has locked in key positions which do not require Congressional approval, including Chief of Staff Ron Klain and former Presidential candidate and Secretary of State John Kerry in a newly created role of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

His initial administration appointments requiring Congressional approval include: 

The Centre will be providing updates throughout the presidential transition. To read up on what policy changes to expect under a Biden administration, check out the United States Studies Centre (USSC) Blue book.