October 2007Vol. 8, No. 9Diane Rath Nominated as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
President Bush has nominated Diane Rath to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the Assistant Secretary, Ms. Rath will oversee a $47 billion budget that funds programs promoting the social and economic well-being of America's children, youth, and families.
A native Texan, Ms. Rath most recently served as Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission, a position she assumed in 1998. The Commission is responsible for all Federal Department of Labor activities in Texas, State and Federal training programs, and State child care initiatives. Under Ms. Rath's leadership, a new regional workforce delivery system was developed for Texas, and welfare rolls decreased more than 71 percent.
In a press release, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt applauded the President's nomination: "I am confident Diane's State experience will be a tremendous asset at the national level as we strive to meet the needs of America's children and families. I look forward to welcoming her to the HHS leadership team and urge the Senate to act quickly on her nomination."
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