Bush nominates new inspector general for HHS

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President Bush nominated Daniel R. Levinson Monday to fill the vacated Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general position. The inspector general investigates allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse in nursing homes, among other healthcare settings.

The nomination comes just over a year after Janet Rehnquist resigned from the post amid allegations that she mismanaged staff.

Levinson has been the inspector general at the General Services Administration since August 2001. He has been chief of staff and counsel to Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, general counsel to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and deputy general counsel in the Office of Personnel Management.

Bush sent the nomination to the Senate.