Biden Grants Waivers to Lobbyists on Transition Team

The Biden team has not imposed a blanket ban on lobbyists.
Biden Grants Waivers to Lobbyists on Transition Team
November 18, 2020

The transition team for President-elect Joe Biden announced a list Director of 500 experts on federal policy that will help the president-elect prepare to lead the government in January. Included on the list are roughly 40 people who are or were formerly registered lobbyists, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.

The Biden team has not imposed a blanket ban on lobbyists as was the case in the Obama-era transition, but they have required anyone who is a registered lobbyist or was registered within the past year to get approval from the transition’s general counsel to serve on the team.

The Biden team will not make formal contact with Trump appointees and career staff at this point because the White House has not yet released transition resources or allowed access to agencies. Transition officials told reporters that the team will work through informal channels to learn what’s going on in the agencies, talking with think tanks, labor and nonprofit groups and those who previously served at federal agencies.


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