New OCR Leader to Oversee Civil Rights, Privacy

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  • July 02 2014, 7:39am EDT

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named Jocelyn Samuels as director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, whose duties also include enforcing the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.

Samuels most recently served as acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division within the U.S. Department of Justice. At HHS/OCR, she succeeds Leon Rodriguez, who recently won Senate confirmation as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services unit in the Department of Homeland Security.

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