Moreover, this is an opportunity to both rename existing departments and agencies to better reflect their missions, and establish new ones to meet present and future demands. The following list is designed to do that:
- RENAMED. Department of Agriculture & Food Security: Etherin Cousin (former director, World Food Program). The pandemic demonstrates the importance of ensuring that all Americans have a right to food.
- RENAMED. Department of Commerce & Industry: Mary Barra (CEO of General Motors). Commerce, a mishmash of unrelated functions, needs its title to reflect its most important missions.
- Department of Defense: William McRaven (Admiral, USN, Retired)
- Department of Education: Michael Bennet (Senator, former Denver Schools Superintendent). Bennet did a fantastic job in Denver.
- Department of Energy: Larry Culp (CEO, GE Renewable Energy). Renewables are the future.
- Department of Health & Human Services: Leana Wen (former Baltimore Public Health Director)
- Department of Homeland Security: Val Demings (former Orlando Police Chief)
- Department of Housing & Urban Development: Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta Mayor)
- RENAMED. Department of Interior & Climate: Jay Inslee (Washington State Governor). Climate change issues are real and must be elevated to the prominence they deserve.
- Department of Justice: Amy Klobuchar(Minnesota Senator)
- RENAMED. Department of Labor & Employment: Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO President). Employment merits equal status with the organized labor focus that has dominated heretofore.
- Department of State: Susan Rice (former National Security Advisor)
- Department of Treasury: Richard Cordray (former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Ohio Attorney General). Although Elizabeth Warren would be the first choice for Treasury, her appointment would allow Massachusetts’ GOP Governor to appoint a Republican to her Senate seat. That’s too high a price to pay.
- RENAMED. Department of Transportation & Infrastructure: Kancheepuram N. Gunalan (President, American Society of Civil Engineers). The perfect place to mobilize and coordinate a national program to build and maintain our public works.
- Department of Veterans Affairs: David Petraeus (U.S. Army General, Retired)
- NEW. Department of Crisis Management: Richard Levick (the dean of the crisis management profession). The pandemic exposes the need for a national planning and reaction agency. Homeland Security does not encompass these kinds of crises.
- NEW. Department of Intellectual Property: Jay Erstling (former Head, Patent Cooperation Treaty Office, World Intellectual Property Organization). IP now plays a central role in economic growth and has become an international competition we cannot afford to ignore.
- NEW. Department of Science, Technology & Innovation: Andrew Yang (Entrepreneur). The need for such a coordinating department is acute. No great power that has denied science and expertise has ever endured.
Selected Agencies and Individuals
- Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection: Pete Buttigieg (former Mayor, South Bend, IN)
- Centers for Disease Control & Protection: Dr. Ashish Jha (Director, Brown University School of Public Health)
- Chair, Council of Economic Advisors: Jared Bernstein (Chief Economics Advisor to the Vice President, Obama Administration)
- CIA: Tom Ridge (former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security)
- EPA: Molly Wallace (Managing Director, Global Science, The Nature Conservancy)
- NASA: Ellen Ochoa (Astronaut, Director of the Johnson Space Center)
- National Security Advisor: Leon Panetta (former Secretary of Defense, Office of Management & Budget Director, CIA Director & White House Chief of Staff)
- Office of the Director of National Intelligence: John Brennan (former CIA Director)
- REVIVED & RENAMED. Office of Technology Assessment & Future Planning. Mitch Daniels (President of Purdue University and former Indiana Governor). The government’s only “futures” think tank was eliminated by Speaker Newt Gingrich in the mid-1990s in one of the most short-sighted moves ever undertaken by Congress. It represented the best that government ever produced.
- NEW: Coronavirus Czar: Dr. Antonia Novello (former Surgeon General & UNICEF Special Representative for Health & Nutrition)
People of Color: 12
November 12, 2020