WASHINGTON — David Norquist will function appearing secretary of protection for the beginning of the Biden administration, Defense News has discovered.
The Biden workforce has determined that Norquist, the present deputy secretary of protection, is the only option to maintain the day-to-day operations of the Defense Department operating whereas Lloyd Austin, the retired Army common who’s President-elect Joe Biden’s selection to guide the division, awaits his affirmation from Congress.
Meanwhile, three present service officers will be part of Norquist in staying within the constructing; these officers serve in fiscal roles with their respective companies:
It’s commonplace for incoming administrations to not retain the earlier administration’s service secretaries or undersecretaries, and retaining monetary administration leaders seems to be a transfer to assist Biden full a revised Defense Department price range for fiscal 2022. Norquist himself began as comptroller within the Pentagon, earlier than being tapped in 2019 as deputy secretary of protection.
Under Title 10 (the federal regulation governing the armed forces), a confirmed deputy secretary mechanically assumes the duties, duties and authorities of the protection secretary throughout a protection secretary’s absence; nonetheless, there was hypothesis that the Biden workforce could also be uncomfortable holding a Trump political appointee in place given the pressures surrounding the navy for the reason that Jan. 6 assault on Congress.
Asked immediately on Monday whether or not he would keep on if requested, Norquist declined to remark. But he described his view of the transition as one during which his job is to arrange the following administration for achievement, one thing he mentioned the Obama workforce did for him when he got here in as comptroller, notably with regard to planning for the Defense Department’s first-ever audit.
“For those of us who are political, we’re stepping onto a relay track, and when we’re part of a team, and somebody runs behind you and hands you the baton and then you get on the track and you run. But you know, at the end of the day you’re going to hand it to somebody else,” Norquist mentioned. “And you need to hand it off in a way that is effective and coherent.
“What I want to do is to do for them what they did for me, which was to leave in place all the tools necessary in a sensible structure.”
A Pentagon spokesperson referred all inquiries to the Biden transition workforce; a spokesperson for the transition workforce declined remark.