The movement of Administration officials among agencies and offices took a step forward on June 5 when the Senate confirmed former Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was confirmed by a vote of 78-17. All voting to oppose Ms. Burwell were Republicans.
President Barack Obama has nominated current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to fill the now vacant OMB Director position (see Memo, 5/23). Two confirmation hearings for Secretary Donovan are scheduled on June 11. The first will be held by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at 10am in room 342 in the Dirksen Senate office building. The second hearing will be before the Senate Budget Committee at 2pm in room 608 in Dirksen.
The President also has nominated San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro to be the next HUD Secretary. Mayor Castro has been in Washington meeting with Senators, but no date has been set for his confirmation hearing.
In the meantime, other HUD nominees are waiting for floor votes on their confirmations to be scheduled. On April 29, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved the nominations of Nani Coloretti to be HUD Deputy Secretary and Gustavo Velasquez Aguilar to be Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The President has yet to announce nominations for the positions of Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing or Community Planning and Development, both of which are vacant.