Bryson sent the following message to Commerce Department employees. Read the memo below, as obtained from department officials:
Dear Commerce Team,
This evening, I notified Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank that I am taking a medical leave of absence in order to focus on resolving my health issues that arose over the weekend.
During this time, I will not perform the functions and duties of Commerce Secretary. Therefore, I am transferring these responsibilities to Dr. Blank who will serve as Acting Secretary, effective immediately.
As you know, Dr. Blank has strengthened our Department in this role before. I have every confidence in her.
I know that all of you will work to make this a seamless transition, and I thank you in advance for your continued work to help America’s businesses drive economic growth and job creation at this crucial moment in our nation’s recovery.
Finally, I want to thank all of you personally for your warm thoughts and support.
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