Biden last week announced members of the agency review teams, which include at least 20 individuals, who work for left-leaning philanthropic foundations or groups, as reported by think tank Capital Research Center.>
Those organizations include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Century Foundation and the California Community Foundation.
People from the groups are working in the State Department, the Department of Education and the Justice Department, among others, the Capital Research Center report said.
Agency review teams consist of hundreds of officials who study key information on the day-to-day operations of federal agencies.
Other members of the transition team were pulled from the tech world, hailing from Uber, Amazon and Airbnb, as noted by CNBC.
A handful of Harvard professors also offered to assist, according to the campus newspaper The Crimson.
Besides his transition team, Biden also is working to staff key roles in his administration.
On Thursday, Biden’s team announced a decision for a treasury secretary nominee. While Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was widely supported by progressive groups, a Warren ally told FOX Business on Thursday that the planned nominee is now believed to be former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Warren’s candidacy came into question because her interim replacement, who would have the potential to alter the partisan power balance in the Senate, would be decided by Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts.
Biden has named Ron Klain, who served as former President Obama's ebola czar, as his chief of staff.
The Biden-Harris transition team is continuing planning as it awaits its General Services Administration’s certification, which gives President-elect Joe Biden and his team the power to make decisions about the federal government.
The Biden transition has been in limbo, awaiting the GSA’s “ascertainment” decision — the formal declaration set up by the 1963 Presidential Transition Act. Until that ascertainment is made, the Biden team cannot formally begin the transition process. The delay is costing the Biden team access to more than $6 million in federal funding, security clearances and the ability to meet with officials at intelligence agencies.
A Biden transition official told Fox News Thursday that the Biden-Harris transition “has been planning for months for all possible scenarios.”
Delaying ascertainment can be a threat to national security, a Biden official said. In 2000, the delayed transition to the Bush administration reportedly put the country at greater risk leading up to 9/11.
According to the 9/11 Commission Report, the transfer hold up hindered Bush’s ability to appoint key officials, including national security personnel.
But despite the delay, the Biden transition is “moving forward with preparations that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris are ready to lead our country on Day One and meet the pressing challenges facing our nation."