Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the current and former chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee, respectively, pressed President Bush to quickly nominate a candidate for HHS' inspector general, with the aim of filling the post, vacant since June, by year-end or early January. In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card Jr., the senators said the position is "critical to maintaining integrity and accountability" at the agency. "The former HHS' inspector general announced her resignation almost eight months ago ... near the close of an investigation regarding, among other things, the operation and management of the office," the senators wrote. "Without a permanent inspector general imbued with the authority and stature that derives from Senate confirmation, the office will be unable to set a new and permanent course for its future activities and operations." Dara Corrigan, director of program integrity at the CMS, has been acting inspector general since Janet Rehnquist resigned from the position, effective in June. Rehnquist resigned after two federal reports questioned her management of the office. -- by Mark Taylor
Inspector general job open for too long: senators
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