One in Three HHS Appointees Exit for Industry Jobs

One-third of political appointees to HHS between 2004 and 2020 later exited to work for the private sector, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.

Based on an analysis of employment histories for 766 appointees, the researchers found that more than half of appointees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CMS and the Office of the Deputy Secretary at HHS went straight to private industry after their government employment.

Meanwhile, about 15% of people appointed to HHS during the study period were employed in the private sector immediately before joining the government. A greater share of people appointed by a Republican president came from the industry compared with a Democratic president, yet net rates of exit to industry remained similar.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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