Leon Rodriguez to head up OCR

Leon Rodriguez, the new leader of the government's HIPAA privacy and security enforcer, last served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

"Leon Rodriguez brings a strong record of integrity, leadership, and judgment with his outstanding expertise as a state and federal prosecutor," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "He has devoted his career to ensuring that individuals have access to healthcare, including children and families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. He will also spearhead the department's continued work to ensure greater consumer confidence through strong and effective enforcement of the privacy and security of protected health information."

Rodriguez' background includes serving as the county attorney for Montgomery County, MD, as a shareholder in the Health Law Department of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, and was the first assistant U.S. attorney, serving in Pittsburgh, PA, assigned to the prosecution of healthcare fraud cases.