Chris Wlaschin, who has served as chief information security officer (CISO) at HHS since January 2017, will leave the post at the end of March amid allegations cybersecurity vendors had given gifts and privileges to lower-level government IT leaders involved with the Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC).
Nextgov confirmed Wlaschin will step down, but he said his departure was entirely for “personal and family reasons” unrelated to the HCCIC controversy.
Taking over the CISO role will be Janet Vogel, deputy chief information officer at CMS. Vogel previously led the Financial Management System Group within CMS and worked in tech departments of both the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“Janet brings 30 years of federal experience to the position with the last 16 years at CMS,” a CMS spokesperson said to Nextgov. “Her broad spectrum of skills in information technology, information security, organizational change, acquisition and risk mitigation will be key to transforming and expanding HHS’ cyber programs into the healthcare sector.”
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