Biden officially forms transition team

The group includes Yohannes Abraham, a longtime staffer in the Obama White House who will handle the day-to-day operations.

NBC News was the first to report about the team’s formation.

In a statement, Kaufman described the efforts as being in “the very early stages of pre-transition planning.”

“Vice President Biden’s transition — like his Administration to follow — will prioritize the following core values: diversity of ideology and background; talent to address society’s most complex challenges; integrity and the highest ethical standards to serve the American people and not special interests; and transparency to enable trust and visibility at every stage,” Kaufman said.