HHS Deputy Inspector General Vicki Shepard has withdrawn from her position and announced plans to retire when she becomes eligible in November. Shepard, who was in charge of investigations, has been assigned elsewhere in the meantime, spokeswoman Judy Holtz said. Shepard, a well-regarded regional inspector general in California for many years, was promoted by former HHS Inspector General Janet Rehnquist in a controversial restructuring that saw the retirement, reassignment or resignation of more than 20 top managers. Rehnquist resigned in June after criticism from Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, which released a report questioning Rehnquist's judgment and behavior in several instances, including keeping an unauthorized handgun in her office and holding law enforcement credentials. The council was investigating Shepard for her alleged role in assisting Rehnquist. At deadline, Shepard could not be reached for comment. -- by Mark Taylor
HHS Deputy Inspector General Shepard to leave agency
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