OCR Seeks Permanent Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has advertised for a permanent Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy. The position was posted on USAJOBS on January 14, 2019.

The last permanent Deputy Director was Deven McGraw, who left OCR in October 2017 for the private sector. Iliana Peters, OCR’s Senior Advisor for Compliance and Enforcement, took on the role of acting Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy but also left the post for 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.

The role involves leading OCR’s day-to-day 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 a key player in the development of departmental policies, legislative, and regulatory proposals, and special OCR initiatives to ensure health information is protected and remains private.

The role involves advising OCR Director Roger Severino and senior OCR officials on HIPAA policies and application of those policies. The successful applicant will be required to work closely with the OCR Director and assist with the planning, organization, and formulation of policies and procedures for OCR and health privacy and security policies across the HHS.

According to the posting, 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 a number of senior management levels.

Applications are being accepted until February 5, 2019.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.