This is a temporary position, which will continue only until Inauguration Day, when Monaco will go back to preparing for confirmation hearings as the No. 2 official at the Department of Justice.
“The President-elect has asked Lisa Monaco to serve as a temporary advisor to the transition on homeland security around the Inauguration, ensuring there is coordination across the incoming team and working with current officials in the days leading up to and on Inauguration Day to help ensure a safe and seamless handoff on homeland security issues,” a Biden transition official said in a statement Thursday evening.
Monaco, the statement said, “will assist the President-elect and work with the incoming National Security Advisor, the incoming Homeland Security Advisor, and current security and law enforcement officials, including with the United States Secret Service on their plans for the Inauguration. Given the existing threats, Ms. Monaco’s temporary role will be focused solely on the period leading up to the inauguration.”
A former homeland security adviser in the Obama administration, Monaco has become a close aide to Biden. She will “pause activities and engagement related to her nomination to serve as Deputy Attorney General” while assisting with the inauguration, the Biden transition official said Wednesday evening.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck period,” the official added, “but the goal is to quickly and seamlessly turn full responsibility to the incoming Homeland Security Advisor and team as soon as possible.”
This story has been updated with additional information Thursday.
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