We’ve just learned that Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be announcing later this afternoon that John Howard, MD has been selected to lead the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Howard headed NIOSH for six years during George W. Bush’s administration, and both the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association appealed unusccessfully to then-CDC Director Julie Gerberding to extend his tenure.

An interesting side note is that, assuming David Michaels is confirmed to head OSHA, there will be two George Washington University faculty members heading US occupational health agencies. (Dr. Howard is a limited-service faculty member here in the Environmental & Occupational Health Department.)