HHS Official Resigns Via Scalding Letter About Federal Bureaucracy

 

 

” David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the Department Of Health And Human Services quit his job, writing a scathing resignation letter that was published by the website ScienceInsider. In the letter he claimed most of his time was spent negotiating his way through the dysfunctional federal bureaucracy making his time at ORI “the very worst job I have ever had.

  Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity for two years and wrote in his letter dated Feb. 25 that his time with the agency left him “offended as an American taxpayer.

  The letter give details of some of the exasperating experiences he had to deal with, including the agency’s refusal to give him $35 to convert cassette tapes to CD and the agency’s refusal to let him fill a vacancy in the office (he was informed by his secretary that there was a secret priority list of candidates). The letter, addressed to Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, says that top agency care more about their personal advancement than about doing their jobs well.

The full letter follows:

Dr. Howard Koh, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health

Dear Howard:

  I am writing to resign my position as Director, Office of Research Integrity, ORI/OASH/DHHS

  This has been at once the best and worst job I’ve ever had. The best part of it has been the opportunity to lead ORI intellectually and professionally in helping research institutions better handle allegations of research misconduct, provide in-service training for institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIOs), and develop programming to promote the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Working with members of the research community, particularly RIOs, and the brilliant scientist-investigators in ORI has been one of the great pleasures of my long career. Unfortunately, and to my great surprise, it turned out to be only about 35% of the job.”

Yid With A Lid has the entire letter