January 2021

Memo from Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain to Incoming White House Senior Staff on the First Ten Days of the Administration

By Blue Virginia.us From the Biden-Harris transition team:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2021

From: Ron Klain, Chief of Staff
To: Incoming White House Senior Staff
Re: Overview of First Ten Days
Date: January 16, 2021

President-elect Biden is assuming the presidency in a moment of profound crisis for our nation. We face four overlapping and compounding crises: the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis. All of these crises demand urgent action. In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world.

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Health Economist sends memo to U.S. Treasury Secretary-Urgent Need for Changes in Health Reform Implementation

Healthcare reform

Memo review by Oriol Solé Borràs, HSPH Masters candidate, 2021

David Cutler, a Harvard health economist and an advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign sent in May 2010 a memo to Larry Summers, the Treasury Secretary at that time, arguing that the White House had the wrong team in charge of health reform, and they needed to overhaul their implementation strategy.... Read more about Health Economist sends memo to U.S. Treasury Secretary-Urgent Need for Changes in Health Reform Implementation

Memo from Director of U.S. Dept. of Interior RE: Recycling and Reduction of Disposable Plastic Bottles in Parks

    Plastic Bottles in trash

Memo review by César Monarrez, 2021 MBA/MPA candidate, MIT Sloan and HKS

The National Parks Service (NPS) memo PM 11-03 regarding disposable water bottle policies is a mildly compelling document that, despite having some noteworthy elements, loses potential impact due to a lack of urgency and a muddled argument structure.... Read more about Memo from Director of U.S. Dept. of Interior RE: Recycling and Reduction of Disposable Plastic Bottles in Parks