On Friday, August 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Perryn Ashmore, currently Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, will begin serving as Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) following the resignation of Jose Arrieta. Arrieta served as CIO after serving the department since 2019 and following more than 15 years in federal service including chief technology officer of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service.
“We are immensely grateful for the work that Jose Arrieta did during his time at HHS, leaving a legacy of transformative advances in our department’s data work, better business practices that will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and stronger protections for our department’s networks from cyber attacks. In particular, the unprecedented data hub created in HHS Protect will be a lasting, invaluable legacy of Jose’s time at HHS. HHS’s leaders look forward to continuing close work with Perryn Ashmore as Acting CIO on these important issues. Jose and Perryn’s close partnership and Perryn’s extensive experience in federal service will ensure a seamless transition for the department,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan in an official statement.