[Ed. note: Who was dumb enough to hire him?]
The official in charge of technology at the federal agency that developed the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website is leaving the government for a private sector job, according to an internal email announcement.
The email, sent Tuesday to staff at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, announced that Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle would be retiring effective November 15.
“As the CIO, Tony provided oversight and leadership to CMS’ 2 billion dollar annual expenditures on Information Technology (IT) products and services,” CMS Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder wrote.
Despite numerous calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign or be fired in the wake of the online insurance exchange’s troubled launch, Trenkle’s departure is the first since the program went live on October 1.