White House presidential adviser Tevi Troy has been sworn in as HHS 23rd deputy secretary even as Kerry Weems, tapped to become the next CMS chief, has been forced to wait until September or later for word on his appointment.
Troy is expected to take a leadership role on health information technology, public health and childhood obesity initiatives, food and drug safety efforts and family and community service programs.
His strong domestic-policy skills, academic background, history of accomplishments and enthusiasm all combine to make him a tremendous addition to the HHS leadership team, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a written statement.
The Senate approved Troys nomination on an Aug. 3 unanimous consent vote.
Weems, a 24-year veteran of HHS, however has seen a tougher confirmation roadin part, because of the timing of his nomination. In recent months, allegations have come to light that some agency heads have been steamrolled by Bush administration officials who saw them as little more than a rubber stamp to promote White House-friendly reports and policies.
In July, Weems told members of the Senate Finance Committee that he had no intent of abusing the office for political purposes. -- by Matthew DoBias
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