HHS CIO Ashmore to retire

Perryn Ashmore plans to retire from his post as HHS’ chief information officer, a role he was named to in December, at the end of the month.

Janet Vogel, chief information security officer at the department, will take over as acting CIO after Ashmore leaves, HHS confirmed to Modern Healthcare.

Federal News Network first reported the news.

Under Ashmore’s tenure as CIO, HHS named its first-ever chief artificial intelligence officer.

Ashmore took the helm as the department’s acting CIO last year after former HHS CIO José Arrieta resigned in August. Arrieta, who in August said he wanted to spend more time with his children, had played a pivotal role in the rollout of HHS Protect, a database through which hospitals and states report capacity data to the federal government.

Public health experts raised concerns when HHS initially ordered hospitals to send data directly to the department through HHS Protect under the Trump administration in July of last year.

Since then, groups like the COVID Tracking Project that once voiced concern about HHS’ database have said it’s the most trustworthy hospitalization data available.

Ashmore was named the department’s permanent CIO in December, one month before the start of the Biden administration.

As HHS CIO, Ashmore has overseen a staff of 83,000 employees and HHS’ $6.3 billion information-technology portfolio, according to HHS.

Ashmore has spent more than 30 years in federal service, including nearly seven years at HHS.

Before his role as CIO, Ashmore served as principal deputy CIO and customer experience executive at HHS, as well as an executive director in the HHS Office of the CIO’s Office of Operations. He previously worked in the Federal Communications Commission, Veterans Affairs Department and General Services Administration.

Source: modernhealthcare.com

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