Sally Canfield: Counselor to Thompson, Canfield, 30, advises Thompson on department policy. She was a healthcare policy adviser for President Bush's election campaign. Before that, Canfield was an aide to Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), advising him on legislation before the House Ways and Means Committee, including healthcare measures, as well as assisting McCrery on the House GOP's Medicare task force. She also served as senior legislative representative for the Mutual of Omaha Cos.
Jim Capretta: Associate director for human resource programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget, Capretta, 37, oversees federal healthcare program spending much as Scully did for Bush's father. A one-time lobbyist for the Catholic Health Association, Capretta has twice served the Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee and also worked for the House Ways and Means Committee's health subcommittee. Before moving to Capitol Hill, he was an OMB budget examiner.
Mark McClellan: McClellan, an attending physician at Stanford University Health Services and director of the health outcomes research program at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been nominated to serve as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. McClellan worked in the U.S. Treasury Department under President Clinton as a deputy assistant secretary for economic policy. He is an expert on the economics of healthcare technology.
Anne Phelps: White House special assistant on healthcare policy, Phelps came to the Bush administration from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's public health subcommittee, where she was staff director. She advised subcommittee Chairman William Frist (R-Tenn.) on managed-care reforms and organ allocation.
Scott Whitaker: Formerly policy adviser to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Whitaker, 33, was confirmed May 1 to be assistant HHS secretary for legislation.