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Public Citizen Delivers Robust Transition Agenda Demands to President-Elect Joe Bidenp

These documents offer a blueprint for building a political system that serves the people, rather than corporations and the super-rich starting on day one.


Public Citizen and its partners developed a series of transition memos to guide the next administration through the country's most pressing challenges, critical needs, and key opportunities. These documents offer a blueprint for building a political system that serves the people, rather than corporations and the super-rich. They include recommendations for key executive actions that President-elect Biden can take on day one and the first 100 days of his administration. The memos were sent to the Biden campaign staff and members of the transition team.

**All memos can be found here.

Day One is for Democracy:

To restore public faith in our democratic institutions, we must make comprehensive reforms to our democracy a top priority, including the For the People Act (H.R. 1.) The Declaration for American Democracy has six core demands for our democracy:

1. Our democracy must include the freedom to vote and have that vote counted

2. Our democracy must be honest

3. Our democracy must have meaningful participation

4. Our democracy must provide transparency into our government and our elections

5. Our democracy must be responsive

6. Our democracy must uphold checks and balances

Unwinding the Deregulatory State and Restoring Public Protections:

In a July 2020 memo for a post-Trump administration, Public Citizen discusses two important aspects of unwinding the deregulatory state and restoring the role of the federal government in protecting public health, safety, financial security, and the environment including:

Executive Actions to Restore Public Protections Repeal of executive orders

1. New executive orders

2. Congressional Review Act

3. Rethinking the role of cost-benefit analysis

4. Rethinking the role of OIRA

5. Regulatory Integrity and Improvement Task Force

6. Appointment

7. Guidance documents

Legal Considerations in Rulemaking

1. Delaying effective dates of final regulations

2. Reversing agency policies

3. Pending and forthcoming APA lawsuits

4. Exceptions to notice-and-comment rulemaking

5. Exercising enforcement discretion

Privacy And Digital Rights For All:

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a comprehensive baseline U.S. privacy law. Technology companies, remote-learning providers, and employers are taking advantage of the pandemic to collect troves of personal data. We need presidential leadership to address these challenges. Public Citizen, along with a broad group of leading privacy, consumer, and civil rights organizations produced the following ten action items:

1. Recognize privacy and surveillance as racial justice issues and enact meaningful changes to protect Black and Brown communities

2. Establish algorithmic governance and accountability to advance fair and just data practices

3. Promote privacy protections and encourage the enactment of a baseline comprehensive federal privacy law

4. Establish a data protection agency

5. Ensure robust enforcement from the FTC and FCC

6. Bring consumer, privacy, and civil rights experts into key government positions

7. Limit government surveillance and access to personal data

8. Protect children and teens from corporate surveillance and exploitative marketing practices

9. Ensure antitrust authorities take privacy, digital rights, and civil rights into account in the merger review process

10. Protect Americans' health data

Actions the Next Administration Can Take to Address Financialization:

The Increasing Transparency and Accountability and Reducing Waste at the Pentagon memo was prepared by Public Citizen, the Center for International Progress, and the Project on Government Oversight and co-signed by over 30 groups. It includes key policy recommendations for day one and the first 100 days of a Biden presidency, including:

1. Address corruption, conflicts of interest, and the revolving door

2. Reduce waste and inefficiencies, increase accountability and oversight

3. Make investments in the future, not the past

Financial Reform: First Day/100 Days:

To ensure that the next administration can hit the ground running on financial reform Public Citizen outlined the specific reforms that it can act on both immediately during its first day, and in the short-term, during its first 100 days, to realize Biden's commitment to average Americans:

1. Complete Wall Street systemic risk reform

2. Reform corporate misconduct prosecution

3. Reversal of Trump investor protection deregulation

4. Address runaway executive compensation

5. Improve conditions on CARES Act

6. Establish sensible climate-responsive financial regulation

7. Limit speculative trading by taxing financial transactions

Securing The Public Interest At FERC:

The independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a key to addressing the climate crisis. Less discussed are the myriad of other public interest protections that can be improved under a newly constituted FERC--without the need for Congress to act. Public Citizen's five-point Securing The Public Interest At FERC follows:

1. Launch a rulemaking to establish an office of public participation

2. Enforce full market access for renewable energy and demand response, preserve state decarbonization goals and conduct lifecycle greenhouse gas emission impacts for natural gas public interest determinations

3. Strengthen market oversight and enforcement

4. Overhaul governance and transparency of RTOs/ISOs

5. Improve market transparency

Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people - not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

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