Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce her resignation Friday after a five-year tenure bookended by passage of the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the checkered rollout of the Healthcare.gov website.
President Obama accepted Sebelius's resignation earlier this week. She is one of the president's longest-serving cabinet members. On Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, White House and HHS officials said.
Sebelius, 65, has overseen the biggest changes to government healthcare programs since the launch of Medicare and Medicaid nearly 50 years ago. The PPACA, passed a year into her tenure, continues to remake U.S. healthcare. But Sebelius will be remembered as the public face of Healthcare.gov, which she championed and then came under fire for a succession of problems.
The nomination of Burwell, 48, is being cast as a shift toward tight management. She took the reins at OMB last April, after having served under President Clinton as Deputy Director of OMB, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Staff Director of the National Economic Council.