Official Associated With Obamacare Website Stepping Down

Other management staffers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are moving around too.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 16: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building is shown August 16, 2006 in Washington, DC. The HHS Building, also known as the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, is located at the foot of Capitol Hill and is named for Humphrey, who served as a U.S. senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 6, 2013, 6:55 a.m.

The Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices — the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices agency re­spons­ible for the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the fed­er­al Obama­care ex­change — is shak­ing up its man­age­ment.

CMS’s chief in­form­a­tion of­ficer, Tony Trenkle, will move to the private sec­tor ef­fect­ive Nov. 15, ac­cord­ing to an email sent to agency em­ploy­ees. Trenkle over­saw all of the IT func­tions at CMS.

Henry Chao, the CMS point of con­tact for the Health­ con­tract­ors, worked un­der Trenkle. He con­tin­ues to work with the con­tract­ors on re­pairs to the in­sur­ance ex­change site.

Dur­ing a daily press brief­ing about the pro­gress be­ing made on Health­ re­pairs, CMS spokes­wo­man Ju­lie Ba­taille skir­ted re­port­ers’ ques­tions about wheth­er Trenkle was asked to step down.

“Tony made a de­cision to take a job in the private sec­tor, and that is what our COO an­nounced yes­ter­day,” Ba­taille said.

Dave Nel­son as­sumed the role of Act­ing CIO. He formerly served as the Dir­ect­or of the Of­fice of En­ter­prise Man­age­ment at CMS. Here is the email about the CMS staff changes sent by Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­ficer Michelle Snyder:

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