The nomination of Sylvia Matthews Burwell, lately the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to be Kathleen Sebelius’ successor as Secretary of Health and Human Services is a great choice.
With Burwell’s track record, its an inspired choice, really. It shows a determination to maintain continuity in the position.
She was intimately involved in the efforts to make the government “shutdown” as painful as possible. This shows that she is just as unquestioning and loyal as Sebelius was.
And if you are concerned about competence and management, worry no longer. While she has not been at OMB for quite a year, she did absolutely nothing to reverse the failure of the President to produce a budget recommendation on time. Late for 6 years running and Dead on Arrival in the House, just as the rest–so quality is obviously a key concern as well.