Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds first White House briefing of Biden's presidency | USA TODAY



Incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gives first White House briefing on day 1 of Joe Biden’s presidency.
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Hours after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, White House officials released the names of the administration’s acting agency heads as the president’s nominees await Senate confirmation.

The move allows Biden to install members of his own team rather than rely on any of former President Donald Trump’s political appointees left within the federal government beyond Jan. 20.

Biden’s political appointees have faced severe delays in the weeks between the president’s election victory and the inauguration. Trump had his defense and homeland secretaries confirmed when he took office while former President Barack Obama had six of his nominees in place by the time he was sworn in.

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