Just how functional is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)? Not very — if there’s even a kernel of truth to David Wright’s blistering resignation letter from the federal agency:

 A Health and Human Services official is having a very public take-this-job-and-shove-it moment.

David Wright, the director of the federal agency’s Office of Research Integrity, sent a scathing resignation letter to his boss late last month detailing — with the precision of a seasoned researcher — all his reasons for quitting the federal government. The letter catalogued the frustrations of getting minor expenses approved, of navigating department politics and of spinning his wheels on producing “repetitive and often meaningless data and reports to make our precinct of the bureaucracy look productive.”

“I’m offended as an American taxpayer that the federal bureaucracy — at least the part I’ve labored in — is so profoundly dysfunctional,” Wright wrote to Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) Howard Koh.

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