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HHS Veteran Who Angered Trump Tapped for Inspector General Post

June 18, 2021, 5:28 PM

President Joe Biden will nominate Christi Grimm to be inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House announced Friday.

Grimm received national attention in April 2020 when President Donald Trump criticized a report put out by her office that found hospitals were suffering widespread scarcity of Covid-19 test kits and personal protective equipment—shortages that would persist for months.

Grimm has been performing the duties of the inspector general since January 2020. She is principal deputy inspector general. She served as the chief of staff for the Office of Inspector General from 2014 to 2019.

Grimm has spent most of her career at the HHS, first at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and then at the OIG starting in 1999. She has a master’s of public administration from New York University and graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Senior Managers in Government.

The position requires Senate confirmation.

Grimm was described as diligent and hardworking by former colleague Kristen Schwendinger, who said she’s “not just a talking head” and did the work to get to where she is now.

Grimm came up in the evaluation team, which is trained to look at things in a systemic way, said Schwendinger, a former senior counsel at the Inspector General’s office. Compared with other staff members, Grimm “knew her limitations and never proclaimed to know things she didn’t,” she said.

Grimm is well-respected in the larger inspector general community and has deep experience in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Schwendinger said. Shwendinger is a senior counsel at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shira Stein in Washington at sstein@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloombergindustry.com; Brent Bierman at bbierman@bloomberglaw.com

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