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Biden Announces His Team for Veterans Issues

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Despite the Trump campaign’s unwillingness to provide a peaceful transition of power, the Biden team appears to be moving forward in preparation for January 20th. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team for the Department of Veterans Affairs includes several alumni from the Obama administration.

The Trump Administration has declined to offer any transition assistance which extends down to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie who said he will not begin transition work until receiving instruction from the White House. While this lack of support from the departing administration has caused concern among many regarding the functionality of the different departments, Biden has downplayed these concerns. It appears that he is committed to moving forward regardless of the lack of the Trump Administration’s assistance.

“Agency review teams are an integral part of the transition process, responsible for evaluating the operations of federal agencies,” Biden’s staff said in a statement Tuesday. “Our teams are composed of diverse experts with deep policy expertise, ready to ensure we’re prepared to lead on day one.”

Former National Director of the VA’s Caregiver Support Program, Meg Kabat, will be overseeing the VA transition. Kabat has 20 years of experience in clinical social work and currently works as a senior director at Atlas Research, a consulting firm that specializes in innovation in health care.

A full list of the Biden Administration’s team members can be found on their website – https://buildbackbetter.com/the-transition/agency-review-teams/

Among them is Dr. Baligh Yehia, who was the first deputy undersecretary for Health for Community Care at the VA during Barack Obama’s presidency. Kayla Williams, former director of the VA’s Center for Women Veterans under both Obama and Trump is also on the team.

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