EXCLUSIVE – Biden administration considers creating White House antitrust czar sources

The incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden is considering creating a position in the White House focused on competition policy and antitrust issues, said two sources familiar with internal deliberations. The idea remains under consideration and Biden’s White House may not make the move in the end, one of the sources said.

“It has not yet been determined whether this will be more of a coordinator role or if this person will actually sit in the White House,” another source said. The role could focus on moving information back and forth between agencies and coordination, the source added. Antitrust enforcement has emerged as an issue that Biden’s transition team has been keeping a close eye on, especially with the rise of Big Tech platforms, which provide free or inexpensive services to consumers suspected of breaking the law to crush smaller rivals.

A spokesperson for the transition did not immediately comment on the topic. On Saturday, Reuters reported that two former Obama administration officials had emerged as Biden’s front-runners for the best antitrust post at the Justice Department.

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, which share the antitrust enforcement work, are investigating the Big Tech platforms, Google of Alphabet, Facebook , Amazon and Apple. The Department of Justice is suing Google and the FTC is suing Facebook while investigations are ongoing on Amazon and Apple.

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News Highlights:

  • On Saturday, Reuters reported that two former Obama administration officials had emerged as Biden’s front-runners for the best antitrust post at the Justice Department. The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, which share the antitrust enforcement work, are investigating the Big Tech platforms, Google of Alphabet, Facebook , Amazon and Apple.
  • EXCLUSIVE – Biden administration considers creating White House antitrust czar sources