CDC to reorganize comms teams

ATLANTA: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is restructuring its communications divisions as part of an agencywide reorganization to be more effective.

ATLANTA: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is restructuring its communications divisions as part of an agencywide reorganization to be more effective.

An organizational improvement team at the CDC plans to merge the Office of Enterprise Communication and the National Center for Health Marketing, said Dave Daigle, deputy director of media relations for the federal agency.

In addition, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, requested that six department leaders should report directly to the office of the director, including the COO, chief of staff, and the associate directors of communications, policy, program, and science.

Donna Garland, director of the Office of Enterprise Communication, currently reports to the director, along with the directors of eight other divisions. She was also named acting associate director for communications.

“Our director has been very anxious to keep this organizational improvement moving and make the changes quickly,” said Daigle, who noted that no layoffs are expected as a result of the restructuring.

The Office of Enterprise Communication, which includes media relations, issues management, risk communication, and museum and conference center, has 50 employees. The National Center for Health Marketing has a staff of 400 and includes Web and social media as well as the emergency communications system. The plan was submitted October 26 and is waiting for approval.

The agency's restructuring will also merge two other offices and add five deputy directors.

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