Azar reportedly searching for new senior adviser amid confirmation hold up

HHS Secretary Alex Azar may be searching for a senior policy adviser, as his current nominee does not believe he will gain Senate confirmation, according to the Jan. 11 Politico Morning Pulse E-newsletter.

Stephen Parente, PhD, an economist Mr. Azar tapped to become the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, reportedly said he does not expect the Senate to confirm him, the report states. The Trump administration has also reportedly stopped lobbying for Dr. Parente and is not preparing to renominate him this year.

Mr. Azar nominated Dr. Parente to the position in April 2017.

Politico reports the nomination was hung up by financial concerns. Dr. Parente previously admitted he initially omitted between $1 million and $5 million in assets in his disclosure reports, according to an amended March 2018 form obtained by the publication. He also reportedly maintained several industry ties.

Three individuals familiar with the matter told Politico Dr. Parente has discussed taking on a different position at the White House that would not require Senate confirmation.

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