Biden and the Supply Chain

December 5, 2023 • By John Salustri

Days after revealing a plan to incentivize office-to-residential conversions, the Biden Administration has turned its attention once again to the industrial market and shoring up the supply chain


The move, part of the administration’s co-called Bidenomics strategy to lower costs for American families, involves the creation of a cabinet-level council to address the issue. It is also part of more than 30 actions the administration is taking to, in the words of a late-November White House Fact Sheet, “help Americans get the products they need when they need them, enable reliable deliveries for businesses, strengthen our agriculture and food systems and support [well]-paying union jobs here at home.” 


The White House Council on Supply Chain Fitness will be co-chaired by the national security and economic advisors. The essential goal is to ensure long-term supply chain resilience. 


The Council has targeted December 31, 2024 as its first quadrennial supply chain review. According to the Fact Sheet, “As part of the review, the Council will update criteria on industries, sectors and products defined as critical to national and economic security. In addition, 12 months after the Council promulgates the criteria, and annually thereafter, [it] will apply the criteria to review and update the list of critical sectors, as appropriate.”


The mission will involve the efforts of a number of other cabinet departments, from Agriculture and Energy to (not surprisingly, given the global nature of the issue) Homeland Security. Actions outlined to date include: 


  • Use of the Defense Production Act to make more essential medicines in America and mitigate drug shortages. 
  • New cross-governmental supply chain data-sharing capabilities, with such cabinet departments as Commerce and Transportation. 
  • A $275-million grant from the Department of Energy (DoE) for its Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program, designed to  revitalize communities affected by coalmine or coal-power plant closures.
  • The DOE is also planning research into smart manufacturing, with an eye to promoting investment to support new digital and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.
  • Investments from the Department of Agriculture (DoA) of $196 million to strengthen our domestic food supply chains and create more opportunity for farmers and entrepreneurs in 37 states and in Puerto Rico. 


In addition, Homeland Security (DHS), for its part, has launched a Supply Chain Resilience Center, set up to secure the “critical infrastructures” to ensure the delivery of essential services. 


(For an in-depth read on the various programs, click here.)

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