Center for Program Integrity

Elisabeth Handley

Deputy Operations Director
Phone:  | 410-786-6885 Baltimore

Elisabeth Handley is the Deputy Operations Director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity. Lis comes to CPI most recently from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) where she was the Deputy National Coordinator for Operations.  At ONC her responsibilities included program integrity, budget formulation and execution, grants management, human resources, and contracts and facilities management. Prior to joining ONC, Lis was a Senior Advisor in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Operations and in the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

Previously, Lis served as the Director of the Division of Policy and Development in the Bureau of Primary Health Care of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). There she provided leadership for the development and expansion of the health center program through the President’s Initiative to Expand Health Centers, managed the competitive process for health center funding opportunities, oversaw health center policy development and operated the federally qualified look alike health center program. Prior to joining HRSA, Lis was with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where her office served as a portal into NCI for cancer advocates and professional societies. At NCI she led the creation of the first ever government Web site for advocates to dialogue with NCI and directed health promotion communication efforts.

At the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Lis created and led an alliance of partners who disseminated consumer information to Medicare beneficiaries. She was also the acting director of the managed care office, where she regulated managed care organizations. In the Office of the Inspector General, she evaluated health programs. Lis began her federal career as a Presidential Management Intern at the Social Security Administration, after receiving a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida State University.