March 23, 2007

CDC Ombuds Become Focus of Sen. Grassley's Ire

On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined a request by Sen. Charles Grassley for a briefing by the agency's new ombuds. In an angry letter sent yesterday, Grassley lectured CDC Director Julie Gerberding on federal laws against interfering with a congressional inquiry and questioned why the ombuds would brief her, but not Congress. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said Friday it was the decision of the ombudsmen — not Gerberding — to refuse Grassley's request for a briefing. (Atlanta Journal Constitution; prior Ombuds Blog posts: Sen. Grassley Seeks More Info From CDC Ombuds; CDC Ombuds Issue First Report.)

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