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President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term in office on Jan. 21, 2013. Federal News Radio tracks the inauguration - covering everything from agencies' roles in the event, to organizational and operational impacts of inauguration, and key personnel changes in Obama's second term.
Shinseki absent from inaugural ceremonies
Monday - 1/21/2013, 12:27pm EST
WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was absent from ceremonial inaugural ceremonies as President Barack Obama was being sworn-in to a second term.
Shinseki was away from the Capitol for security reasons. He would have been the successor to head the government in any catastrophic event.
The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member of the president's top team not attend the inaugural ceremonies.
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