In the wake of the resignation of former Secretary Tom Price, MD over concerns about his travel expenses, President Trump has named Don Wright, MD, MPH, as Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Wright previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health. The Administration has not yet indicated who will be nominated as a permanent replacement to lead the Department.
Separately, on October 4, the Senate confirmed attorney Eric Hargan as Deputy HHS Secretary, and he was sworn in by a 57-38 vote on October 5. Hargan previously served in various high-level HHS positions in the George W. Bush Administration.