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Tech Exes Join Biden’s Transition Team

 |  November 11, 2020

According to Reuters, far more executives from technology companies than outspoken tech critics were named to US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Tuesday, November 10, offering clues on who will decide on filling key roles and ultimately influence his administration’s thinking in coming years.

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

The Biden transition team released a list of agency review teams on Tuesday.
Amazon’s Tom Sullivan, an executive on the public policy team, will be part of Biden’s review team overseeing the Department of State. Similarly, Mark Schwartz from Amazon’s cloud computing arm, who is also a former Obama administration official, will be weighing in on decisions for the Office of Management and Budget.

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn’s senior director for North America policy, Nicole Isaac, will be part of the team overseeing the Department of Treasury.

A Biden transition team spokesman said agency review teams are responsible for evaluating the operations of the federal agencies and making sure the Biden-Harris administration can achieve policy goals discussed during the campaign.

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