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Transportation secretary is one of many openings in Gov. Rick Scott's administration



Florida Gov. Rick Scott has yet to name the state's top transportation official, but already he has installed the agency's chief of staff, hired its lawyer and pulled the trigger on a major decision to blow up plans for high-speed rail.

Scott is planning an ambitious overhaul of how the state provides health care to 3 million Florida Medicaid recipients, but he still hasn't named a chief for the Department of Health or for the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The agency directors Scott has hired had little-to-no input on his controversial budget recommendation.

One, Carl Littlefield, resigned Monday only 17 days after being nominated as director of the Agency for Disabled People when senators said Scott didn't know that he previously oversaw a region that included a controversial Hillsborough County group home.

"Occasionally he steps in it," Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, said of Scott. "But he's learning his way."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:26pm]


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