Congress to scrap CDC ombudsman

December 7, 2007
by Alison Young
Atlanta Journal - Constitution

The new ombudsman's office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was once considered critical to fixing the Atlanta-based agency's poor employee morale and distrust of senior leadership. It was meant to address concerns by members of Congress and five former agency directors that the turmoil inside the CDC was putting public health at risk. Now the ombudsman's office, created in October 2006, is slated for elimination via a pending 2008 federal budget bill prohibiting any future funds from going to it. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based public health watchdog group, said having an ombudsman office is particularly important in an agency like the CDC that has gone through so much change.

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