OCR Looking for New Deputy Director for Health Information Policy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has is looking to appoint a permanent Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy.

There has been no permanent Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy since October 2017, when Deven McGraw left the office to take a position in the private sector. OCR’s Senior Advisor for Compliance and Enforcement, Iliana Peters, stepped in temporary before also moving to the private sector in February 2018. Timothy Noonan, the former regional manager for the HHS Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, replaced Peters in February 2018 and is still acting in the role.

Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy partakes in OCR’s regular HIPAA privacy and security program operations, development of privacy and security policies, administrative rulemaking, interpretation of current regulations, providing technical assistance to the department’s regional offices, and coordinating HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule compliance activities to ensure consistent application of policies across all regional offices.

The Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy is actively involved in the development of departmental policies, legislative, and regulatory proposals, and special OCR initiatives to ensure health information is protected and remains private.

Whoever is chosen for the role will provide critical support to the OCR Director Roger Severino and senior OCR officials on HIPAA policies and application of those policies. The successful applicant will assist with the planning, organisation, and formulation of policies and procedures for OCR and health privacy and security policies across the HHS.

The advertisement states that the Deputy Director represents the Director and OCR on health information privacy and security matters and coordinates work where problems and issues involve more than one component of the HHS. The Deputy Director is also required to maintain relationships concerning health information privacy and security issues at some senior management levels.

The call for applications appeared on USAJOBS on January 14, 2019. Applications are being accepted until February 5, 2019.