HHS Cybersecurity Center under the microscope – talk of contract irregularities and potential fraud as two leaders depart

HHS cybersecurity initiative paralyzed by ethics, contracting investigation – By Darius Tahir, Nov 13, 2017, Politico

“A fledgling HHS initiative to protect the nation’s health care system from cyberattack has been paralyzed by the removal of its two top officials amid allegations of favors and ethical improprieties.

The executive running the Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center was put on administrative leave in September, while his deputy left the government. An HHS official says the agency is investigating irregularities and possible fraud in contracts they signed.

The two executives, Leo Scanlon and Maggie Amato, allege they were targeted by disgruntled government employees and private-sector companies worried the cyber center would take away some of their business.

What is not in dispute is that their departures have put the center’s work on hold and left many…”

G2X TAKE: This Politico article provides a comprehensive overview of some of the drama taking place at the new Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.  We will let the article provide all of the details on this one. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, this does threaten the future of this new center. 

 

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