Sebelius’s Tech Chief Leaves HHS

by Andrew Johnson

The chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, the department’s top technology official, is heading for the private sector, marking the first significant departure within the agency since the rollout of the dysfunctional federal health-care website last month.

“[CIO] Tony [Trenkle] made a decision that he was going to move to the private sector and that is what our COO announced yesterday,” said a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who refused to comment whether Trenkle had been pushed out due to frustrations over the agency’s online woes. The position has already been filled internally for the short-term as HHS looks for a replacement.

Trenkle will leave HHS next Friday, November 15, according to an internal e-mail.

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