President-elect Barack Obama named William Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and a confidant of former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, to lead the task force charged with conducting a thorough review of HHS and prepping the new administration on future policy, budgetary and personnel decisions.
Nicole Lurie, director of the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, will also have a leadership role on the HHS transition team.
Each major department and agency will be vetted by a variety of transition teams, which will then report back to Obamas main transition team as a means to help prep future department leaders.
Before becoming Daschles chief counsel and policy director, Corr served as the chief counsel of HHS under Secretary Donna Shalala in the Clinton Cabinet and has a number of decades-old ties to key congressional health committees.
But its his relationship to Daschle that raises eyebrows. Daschle, an early supporter of Obama, is seen by many as a likely candidate to lead HHSan important Cabinet post made all the more critical because of the president-elects ambitious plans to overhaul the healthcare system. -- by Matthew DoBias
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