June 11, 2012
MEMORANDUM FOR THE DEPUTY SECRETARY
FROM: Secretary John Bryson
SUBJECT: Transfer of Duties During Medical Leave of Absence
I notified President Obama this evening that effective immediately I am taking a medical leave of absence so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend. During the period of my illness, I will not perform the functions and duties of my office. Therefore, by operation of law, as my first assistant you will act in my stead for the duration of my absence.