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Biden delays naming health officials to oversee social services programs

November 20, 2021

Although the three positions are currently being filled by acting officials, those individuals can only serve in those roles through Tuesday under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act — unless Biden nominates permanent replacements. Otherwise, their responsibilities would technically fall to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who already has an extensive portfolio, said Max Stier, chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service.