Executives at the Department of Health and Human Services have named a few acting agency heads as the US government prepares to transition into a new administration under President-Elect Barack Obama. There are no real surprises, with deputies or second-in-commands taking over next week and serving at top spots until successors are named by incoming HHS head linkurl:Tom Daschle;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55206/ or directly by Obama. Cancer biologist linkurl:Frank Torti,;http://www1.wfubmc.edu/canbio/Faculty/Torti+F.htm who spoke with __The Scientist__ last year when he was named the Food and Drug Administration's first ever Chief Scientist, will serve as FDA head starting on Inauguration Day, January 20th. You can hear a snippet of the conversation I had with Torti linkurl:here.;http://images.the-scientist.com/supplementary/audio/torti_cut.wav Other temporary assignments include linkurl:Raynard Kington;http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm staying on as acting director of the National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention chief operating officer linkurl:William Gimson;http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/gimson.htm taking over when current director linkurl:Julie Gerberding;http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/director.htm leaves the post....

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