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Capitol Health Call
April 2, 2003

Abortion Restrictions

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1625-a

Janet Rehnquist, inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and daughter of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, announced that she will resign her post.

Rehnquist, whose job included rooting out fraud and waste in Medicaid and Medicare, is under Congressional investigation for mismanagement.

Senators blasted her tenure, which included the departure of a score of experienced managers, reports of unauthorized possession of a handgun in her office, and a controversial delay in an audit of the Florida state employees pension fund. The fund was to be investigated for its investments in the bankrupt energy company Enron; the delay ensured the audit would not occur until after the 2002 state elections, in which Gov Jeb Bush faced—and won—a tight contest for reelection.

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