The CMS' deputy chief information officer, Janet Vogel, will move to HHS at the beginning of April, taking over from Chris Wlaschin as the nation's top chief information security officer for healthcare.
Vogel has been at the CMS for more than 15 years. As deputy CIO, Vogel heads software development and implementation, among other work.
Earlier, Vogel was director for the financial management systems group in the Office of Financial Management at the CMS. While there, she developed and put in place a web-based accounting platform.
Before joining the CMS, Vogel was director of technical operations for the U.S. Treasury's human resources management software system.
Vogel will take over as CISO in April, just after Wlaschin leaves the post. Wlaschin, who announced his resignation this month, has served as CISO since January 2017. During his tenure, he was involved in the late-2017 removal of two HHS officials who led the federal Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a store of cybersecurity information. According to Leo Scanlon, one of the ousted officials, he and Maggie Amato were kicked out after HHS employees badmouthed them.
But there were also complaints that Scanlon and Amato accepted bribes in exchange for creating outside contracts with HHS—which the two deny.
According to HHS, Wlaschin resigned for personal reasons.