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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