President-elect Obama announced Sunday that he has assembled a task force to improve the standard of living of middle-class and working families in America. Joe Biden and four other members of Obama’s cabinet will lead the group. Cabinet members on the taskforce will be the secretaries of labor, education, commerce, and health and human services, as well as the top economic advisers to the president.

The effort, which is called the White House Task Force on Working Families, is intended to focus on improving education and training for working Americans as well as protecting incomes and retirement security of the middle class. The group, officials said, will work with labor and business leaders.

The Task Force will operate in a transparent fashion, with any submissions to it from outside groups posted online, and open, two-way dialogue directly with the American people. The Task Force will issue annual reports on its findings and recommendations, which will be made available to the public and will be posted on the internet.

By Allison Tomei