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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s memo to employees explaining his medical leave of absence


Commerce Secretary John Bryson. (Brendan Smialowski - GETTY IMAGES)
Commerce Secretary John Bryson announced late Monday that he is taking a medical leave of absence in order to seek treatment for a seizure he suffered Saturday in California.

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.

Sincerely,

John Bryson

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