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Swine flu exposes HHS vacancies

Washington Post, April 28, 2009

At the White House press briefing on the administration's efforts to combat and control a potential swine flu outbreak, press secretary Robert Gibbs was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, deputy national security adviser John Brennan, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting director Dr. Richard Besser. But absent on stage was a fully confirmed federal healthcare official: There was no health and human services secretary, notes this blog posting from the Washington Post.