President Bush has named Mark McClellan, M.D., chief of the Food and Drug Administration, to run the agency that oversees Medicare and its new prescription drug benefits.
McClellan is a physician and economist and the brother of White House press secretary Scott McClellan, who jokingly acknowledged the awkwardness of the moment as he announced his brother's nomination Friday.
"Bite my tongue ... he is a highly qualified nominee who brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to the position," the press spokesman said. "He is someone who certainly has a proven record of working in a bipartisan way to get things done."
Lester Crawford, FDA deputy commissioner, will become the agency's acting commissioner.
If confirmed by the Senate, McClellan will become the administrator of the CMS, a part of HHS.
McClellan previously served as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
He replaces former CMS Administrator Tom Scully, who resigned in December and is now working for the Atlanta law firm Alston & Bird.