Longtime CMS Leader, Elisabeth Handley Joins HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI), will serve as Interim Director

“Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, announced today that Elisabeth Handley will join the Office of Research Integrity as the Interim Director, teaming with Deputy Director Dr. Wanda Jones, beginning August 26.  She brings diverse leadership experience from within HHS. In the integrity arena, Ms. Handley was the Deputy Center Director and Acting Director of the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She also conducted evaluation and inspections in the Office of Inspector General.  Her background in research and grants emanates from her work running the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Liaison Activities and her role as the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.  Additionally, she was involved in grant making and policy for community health centers at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her leadership directing CMS’ Office of Human Capital led to a decrease in the time to hire and new developmental and training programs for staff. She began her federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Social Security Administration, after receiving a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University.”

Source: HHS, July 11, 2019.

Dr. Wanda Jones was Named Permanent Deputy Director for ORI last month – ” Wanda K. Jones, DrPH, has been named permanent Deputy Director of the Office of Research Integrity. Wanda has been serving in an interim capacity since December 2017. Wanda has held many leadership positions within OASH over the years, including Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and head of our Office on Women’s Health. Before that, she led the CDC’s Office of Women’s Health. Wanda served as the U.S. Principal Delegate to the Inter-American Commission on Women from October 2008 to May 2019.”

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