Policy & Politics
New York Times Profiles Randall Tobias, President Bush's Nominee to Head Global AIDS Initiative
July 29, 2003
Although former Eli Lilly executive Randall bias -- who has been nominated by President Bush to head the global AIDS initiative -- "is a household name" in Indianapolis, where Lilly is based, he "is a bit of a mystery man" elsewhere, the New York Times reports. According to the Times, AIDS advocacy organizations say that they know "so little about him that none have announced plans to oppose his Senate confirmation" (McNeil, New York Times, 7/29). Bush on July 2 nominated bias to head a new State Department office assigned to oversee the global AIDS initiative (HR 1298), which authorizes $3 billion a year over five years for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa and the Caribbean, with up to $1 billion in fiscal year 2004 going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As coordinator, bias would work under the secretary of state, and he would be able to distribute funds directly to nongovernmental organizations and transfer funds between government agencies. The position will carry the rank of ambassador (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/3).
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