HHS CIO resigns: 5 details

HHS CIO Jose Arrieta resigned his post Aug. 14 amid controversy over brand-new COVID-19 information reporting requirements, according to a report from Federal News Network.
Five things to know:
1. In July, the federal government mandated that hospitals report COVID-19 data to HHS instead of the CDC, stimulating alarm from health centers and public health authorities. The federal government made the switch without caution, and a number of health centers and states needed to scramble to comply with the brand-new reporting system, which asked for more information than medical facilities formerly reported to the CDC. HHS agreements with TeleTracking and Palantir, which power HHS Protect, are under examination from Congress too.

2. The HHS information was also less transparent, and the company halted publicly reporting some data, although it contends the data is still readily available to public health authorities.
3. Mr. Arrieta told Federal News Network that HHS Protect, the agencys COVID-19 information dashboard, is now completely functional and requires a few small technical issues to be dealt with. He prepares to spend more time with his kids, who are 5 and 8 years old, after resigning.
He was the firms third CIO in two years and invested simply 16 months at HHS. Mr. Arrietas replacement has not been publicly named.
5. Throughout his tenure at HHS, Mr. Arrieta updated the companys network to include capability and cut $20 million to $25 million from HHS operating expense in addition to HHS Protect.
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In July, the federal government mandated that health centers report COVID-19 data to HHS instead of the CDC, sparking alarm from health centers and public health officials. HHS contracts with TeleTracking and Palantir, which power HHS Protect, are under scrutiny from Congress.

Mr. Arrieta told Federal News Network that HHS Protect, the agencys COVID-19 data dashboard, is now fully functional and requires a couple of little technical problems to be resolved. He was the firms third CIO in 2 years and spent just 16 months at HHS.