Our New Secretary of HSS

In the wake of the error-plagued healthcare rollout that left millions of Americans struggling to log on to HealthCare.gov in order to get insurance, Kathleen Sibelius has resigned from the position of United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. On April 11th 2014, President Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell to be Sibelius’ successor. Burwell, who will turn 49 in June, served as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget beginning in April 2013 after a stint as president of the Walmart Foundation starting in January 2012. Before that, she held two posts at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1988 to 2001.

ABC news called Burwell, who has degrees from Harvard and Oxford, a “veteran technocrat”. In a ceremony in the Rose Garden, POTUS lauded Burnwell, saying, “When the government was forced to shut down last October, and even as her own team was barred from reporting to work, Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel who helped navigate the country through a very challenging time.”

Here’s a link to the video of the ceremony released by the White House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLmz4uO2nvg

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