Bush to nominate Johnson as HHS CFO

President Bush intends to nominate Charles Johnson as assistant secretary of the Health and Human Services Department for Budget, Technology and Finance, and CFO, the White House said yesterday. Johnson currently serves as CFO at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The HHS assistant secretary for Budget, Technology and Finance also manages the CIO.

Johnson will replace Janet Hale, who left in 2003 for the Homeland Security Department. During the interim, HHS career executive Kerry Weems held the position temporarily and retained leadership of the office as principal deputy assistant secretary. Weems has since been tapped to be deputy chief of staff for HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.

Johnson previously served as president of Huntsman Cancer Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah, and vice president of Huntsman LLC, also in Salt Lake City. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The Senate must approve his nomination.

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