Until Judge Merrick B. Garland is confirmed as attorney general, Monty Wilkinson, a longtime employee who worked closely as attorney general with Eric H. Holder Jr., is an actor.
The assistant attorney general is John P. Carlin, who headed the Justice Department’s national security division during the Obama administration. He will only hold the office until Lisa Monaco, who has worked closely with Mr. Carlin over the years, can be confirmed as Deputy Attorney General. She served as Homeland Security Advisor to Mr. Obama, and during the Trump years she and Mr. Carlin led a group that addressed the toughest cyber policy issues.
As much as the politicization of the Justice Department angered Mr Trump’s critics, the environmental protection agency’s castration sparked outrage among progressives, and it is probably no surprise that the agency is already in flux.
About a month before the inauguration day, a Trump official, Charlotte Bertrand, who ran the water bureau, suddenly emerged as the woman who would take over as acting administrator if the agency’s head resigned. When that moment came, she never got a chance to sit down in the chair.
Just hours after his presidency, Mr. Biden appointed Jane Nishida, deputy chief executive of the Agency for International and Tribal Affairs, to lead the agency until his nominee Michael S. Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental agency, is confirmed.
But long before Mr. Regan gets to the building, a cadre of young people will be at work – a list that reads like a who’s who of climate policy wonks, many of whom were killed by the Obama administration.
Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs for the League of Conservation Voters, said the team of seasoned staff had been specially selected to quickly reverse Mr Trump’s guidelines.
“It was clear that we were saying goodbye to the anti-environment and anti-climate action administration that we ever had,” said Ms. Sittenfeld. She added, “The need to act immediately would be critical. There has been a very deliberate, very thoughtful, and ambitious effort to put highly skilled professionals in place right away. “
The coverage was contributed by Lisa Friedman, Noah Weiland, Glenn Thrush, Helene Cooper, Coral Davenport, Katie Benner, and Zolan Kanno-Youngs