The U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has a new director.
Elisabeth (Lis) Handley, currently deputy operations director of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity, will become interim director of the ORI on August 26. (CMS and ORI are both part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)). Wanda Jones, formerly interim director and now deputy director, will remain at the agency in her current role.
Handley, according to an announcement sent to HHS employees,
…brings diverse leadership experience from within HHS. In the integrity arena, she was CMS’ Deputy Center Director and Acting Director of the Center for Program Integrity, as well as having done evaluation and inspections in the Office of Inspector General. Lis’ knowledge of research and grants emanates from her work running the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Liaison Activities and her role as the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Additionally, she was involved in grant making and policy for community health centers at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her leadership directing CMS’ Office of Human Capital has led to a decrease in the time to hire and new developmental and training programs for staff there. She began her federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Social Security Administration, after receiving a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University.
Handley, whose “detail,” in Federal parlance, to the position is for 120 days, declined to comment to Retraction Watch on the new role.
The directorship of ORI’s Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO), which oversees investigations of misconduct by grantee institutions, is currently open.
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