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Varmus vs. Daschle vs. Dean?

Now that election day is over and we can stop feverishly predicting who will move into the White House, it's time to start feverishly predicting who President-elect Barack Obama will appoint to linkurl:key positions;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55167/ in his cabinet. So far, the linkurl:Wall Street Journal;http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/11/05/horse-race-begins-for-new-leaders-at-fda-and-hhs/ has heard three names as potential leaders of the Health and Human Services: linkurl:Ha

By | November 6, 2008

Now that election day is over and we can stop feverishly predicting who will move into the White House, it's time to start feverishly predicting who President-elect Barack Obama will appoint to linkurl:key positions;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55167/ in his cabinet. So far, the linkurl:Wall Street Journal;http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/11/05/horse-race-begins-for-new-leaders-at-fda-and-hhs/ has heard three names as potential leaders of the Health and Human Services: linkurl:Harold Varmus,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23543/ former Senator linkurl:Tom Daschle,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22134/ and Howard Dean, a doctor and Democratic National Committee chairman. For the FDA, the WSJ predicts the commissioner's position could go to linkurl:Steven Nissen,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24056/ a critic of industry ties to the agency who has been advising Obama. Other names the journal has heard bandied about for FDA chief include Mike Taylor (Dep. Commissioner under Clinton), Robert Califf at Duke, Mary Pendergast, and linkurl:Janet Woodcock,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53306/ head of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Who do you think could (or should) take over these posts?
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anonymous poster

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November 7, 2008

Anthony Fauci gets my vote.
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anonymous poster

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November 7, 2008

how about Sarah Palin (joke)
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anonymous poster

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November 8, 2008

And the feeling there seems to be that Varmus won't want to return to Washington. Someone who worked closely with him at the NIH said "those are terrible jobs..." On the other hand, can he resist not being part of an Obama adminstration? On the other-other hand, he is receiving a salary of more than $2 million a year, he has a lovely NY apartment, a lab at MSKCC... would he give all that up to serve his nation?? I wonder. He may be content to visit the White House occasionally and offer counsel and advice. He's a very interesting, complicated man and nothing would surprise me. He could make the leap, if asked...
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Robert Von Borstel

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November 10, 2008

Jack Gibbons was the science adviser to Clinton. Before that he was science advisor to the House of Representatives. He is personally acquainted with lots of scientists, and he carried out a splendid use of an advisory network to push science forward.\n\nSo I recommend him for the job. It would be good to have him there again.\n\nR.C. (Jack) von Borstel\n\n
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anonymous poster

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November 10, 2008

As NIH Director, Dr. Varmus:\n\n1. Exercised his responsibilities vis-a-vis the Gallo-Pasteur HIV blood test patent dispute & related matters disgracefully: protected Gallo & marginalized accurate Pasteur claims;\n\n2. Instituted what the Los Angeles Times termed the NIH - commercial business, "Stealth Merger." Remember all the Congressional hearings and fallout from this exposé?\n\n3. Abused the government's special consultant hiring rule. Result: many senior exec's & scientists got higher salaries but technically not the authority of their positions.\n\nThe Secretary of HHS requires much more responsibility than does NIH Director.
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November 12, 2008

Here is a provocative idea (actually one borrowed from the ITIF). Create a new Cabinet agency that is focused on innovation that would consolidate a number of programs and agencies scattered throughout the federal government and appoint Norm Augustine to serve as its first Secretary. This would give new teeth to the Gathering Storm report and provide a central location for the America COMPETES Act to be implemented. Thoughts?
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