HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appointed Georgina Verdugo, a former prosecutor and Clinton administration official to lead the department's civil rights office, which recently took over enforcement of the security rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Verdugo joined HHS from private law practice in Los Angeles. During the Clinton administration she was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's legislative affairs office. After leaving that post, she was chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and then executive director of Americans for a Fair Chance, a consortium of groups advocating affirmative action. From 2002 to 2003 she was an assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego, and from 2004 to 2008 she was associate counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District.