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Citing health reasons, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) June Gibbs Brown will resign her post effective Jan. 3. Michael Mangano will take over as acting IG until the Bush administration names a replacement.
Brown had been the IG since November 1993. She replaced Richard Kusserow after his 11-year administration. While the IG is a political appointment, it is largely considered a nonpartisan position. Brown’s 23-year career with the government included senior positions in a variety of departments, including defense.
HHS officials say the Bush transition team is now on site at the agency, but refused to speculate when a successor will be named.