Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has informally accepted an offer from President-elect Barack Obama to become secretary of Health and Human Services and Washington attorney Eric Holder has agreed to become Attorney General, the Associated Press reports.


Neither appointment has been officially announced. But Democratic officals, speaking anonymously, said the HHS job is Daschle's barring an unforeseen problem as Obama's team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat.


Daschle is a close adviser to Obama. On Wednesday, in a public statement, the Obama transition offices named Daschle a Policy Working Group Leader on health for the transition.


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