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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