Sylvia Matthews Burwell, former director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has been confirmed by the Senate to take over as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Burwell replaces Kathleen Sebelius, who stepped down in April.
Burwell was confirmed in a bipartisan vote of 78 to 17. In a Washington Post report on the confirmation, Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore), whose committee nominated Burwell to the full Senate, is quoted as saying that Senate support was strong because "she really is that good, she really is that capable, and she really is that qualified."
Before her role at OMB, Burwell, 48, worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wal-Mart Foundation, and in the administration of President Bill Clinton.
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