White House Reshuffling AIDS Policy Operation
July 19, 2002
President Bush will announce today that he is replacing Scott H. Evertz as director of his AIDS policy office, and later he plans to replace Patricia Ware as executive director of his AIDS advisory council, Republican sources said Thursday. The moves come as conservatives are pushing the White House to emphasize abstinence programs, while other groups are fighting for a broader AIDS effort that includes research and treatment. Neither camp scored a clear victory in the shuffle.
Evertz, who directs the six-person Office of National AIDS Policy, is the only openly gay senior official at the White House. He will move to the Department of Health and Human Services as a special adviser to Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. Evertz will have responsibility for the administration's global AIDS programs, including gauging the effectiveness of the international efforts to which the United States contributes.
Although some gay activists contend that Evertz, 39, is being pushed out of his job for being too liberal, Evertz has told friends he is thrilled about his new role. Evertz has known Thompson since 1986 and worked on his Wisconsin gubernatorial campaigns.
Evertz is the first openly gay person nominated to an executive branch office by a Republican president, the White House said. He is to be replaced by another gay official, Joseph F. O'Neill, a physician and career civil servant who is acting director of the department's Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.
In a third move, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Executive Director Patricia Ware was told yesterday she will likely be replaced, probably in the next few weeks, sources said. Ware is a conservative and a strong advocate of abstinence programs; Evertz has spoken up for a more comprehensive AIDS solution, including teaching condom use.
07.19.02; Mike Allen
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