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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigns, Sylvia Burwell Nominated as Successor

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HHSlogoKathleen Sebelius will step down as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services after five years leading the agency, Bloomberg reported Friday.

President Barack Obama will announce Sebelius’ resignation Friday morning and nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Sebelius, according to Bloomberg.

The publication reports that Sebelius’ decision comes as HHS works to promote and facilitate the adoption of insurance exchanges mandated by the health care law.

Prior to her HHS career, Sebelius served as governor of Kansas for two terms between 2003 and 2009 and held the role of state insurance commissioner for a decade.

Bloomberg says that Burwell, if confirmed, would bring her experience in management and economics skills to HHS.

Burwell previously served as OMB’s deputy director and chief of staff to the Treasury secretary.

She led the Wal-Mart Foundation as president before being confirmed by the Senate to her current OMB position in a unanimous vote.

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