It is with great sadness that our dear friend, mentor, and colleague, William (“Bill”) Moran, passed away after a long battle with cancer on October 25, 2015. He retired as Senior Vice President of Strategic Management two years ago. He was a nationally recognized expert on compliance and his list of satisfied clients was great and was widely recognized for his policy insights on issues that cut across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs. Clinical Research was one of those areas that involved multiple programs and sometimes seemingly conflicting policies. He was able to understand the different perspectives and suggest recommendations that would meld distinct policies into a Departmental policy. He frequently published in HCCA’s Compliance Today. Bill previously served for many years as the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and retired after many years as Regional Inspector General for the Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OEI), where he had managed over 200 evaluations and inspections of federally financed health care programs.
Bill was a “hands-on” leader and he would frequently accompany staff on-site to better understand the operation at the client level. He was also instrumental in the development of the OIG Work Plan, identifying those issues that were important to policy makers in the Administration and the Congress. Much of the work he did still impacts the health care regulatory world today.
One of Bill’s greatest gifts was his extremely good nature with the ability to identify, guide and mentor talent. He was a “people” person and had an uncanny knack of bringing out the best out of those around him. He helped countless professionals identify skills they did not know they possessed, and always facilitated them in moving upwards and onwards. His approach in all things was intuitive. He watched and listened for nuances in people, places, and situations that allowed him to do this. He had faith in people and helped them through listening, conversation and most of all, through laughter.
Our deepest condolences go out to Bill’s wife, children, and grandchildren. Donations may be made to Center for Social Concerns, Development Office, 1100 Grace Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or Kellogg Cancer Care Center, 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.