The Senate confirmed Daniel Levinson, former inspector general at the General Services Administration, as HHS' inspector general, a nomination long held up by political horse-trading. President Bush nominated Levinson, 56, for the HHS post in July 2004 and appointed him acting inspector general through an executive order in September 2004. Several Democrats delayed the career civil servant's Senate confirmation, seeking various concessions from the Bush administration. As inspector general, Levinson, an attorney and certified fraud examiner, will oversee 1,500 auditors, investigators and attorneys. HHS hasn't had a permanent inspector general since June 2003, when Janet Rehnquist resigned under pressure after her judgment was called into question. As acting principal deputy inspector general, Dara Corrigan took on many of Rehnquist's duties. Corrigan resigned last October to take a position at a Washington law firm. -- by Mark Taylor
Senate confirms Levinson as HHS inspector general
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