Senate confirmation hearing for IHS director

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a confirmation hearing this Thursday for Robert G. McSwain to be director of the Indian Health Service.

Swain, a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was nominated to the post last December. He has worked at the IHS since 1976 and has served in a number of national positions [Biography].

Swain replaces Charles Grim, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who had been nominated for a second term but unexpectedly withdrew from the process last September.

The hearing takes place on Thursday, February 7, at 9:30am.

Hearing Notice:
HEARING on the nomination of Robert G. McSwain, to be Director of the Indian Health Service. (February 7, 2008)

Relevant Documents:
Personnel Announcement | Statement by Mike Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the Nomination of Robert G. McSwain as Director of the Indian Health Service

Relevant Links:
Indian Health Service -

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