Is Robert Kolodner, M.D., staying on as the head of the HHS Office of the National Coordinator?
Kolodner has held the job as interim and then full-time head of the ONC since mid-2006, replacing David Brailer, the first leader of the office that was created by an order of President George W. Bush in 2004. Veteran information technology reporter Bob Brewin, editor-at-large for Nextgov, an online newsletter about technology at the Defense Department, reported that Kolodner had told him he would remain as the national coordinator. Since its creation, ONC has been leading the federal governments healthcare IT push.
ONC spokeswoman Nancy Szemraj would neither confirm nor deny that Kolodner was staying put, but did say hes still on the job.
Dr. Kolodner is the national coordinator for health information technology as of the 30th of January, Szemraj said. Today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow.
Szemraj explained that she and Kolodner are career federal employees, which is different from so-called Schedule C appointees, such as ambassadors or cabinet secretaries, who are expected to submit their resignations when a new president takes office.
We all serve at the pleasure of the general public and our bosses, Szemraj said.
Szemraj pointed out that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, President Barack Obamas nominee to head HHS, remains unconfirmed by the Senate. If and when that occurs, Daschle would be Kolodners boss if Kolodner remains head of the ONC.