The Texas Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman as the Inspector General for Texas Health and Human Services for a term set to expire Feb. 1, 2020.
Kauffman was appointed to this position in January 2018 by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and was confirmed by the senators on March 6. The first woman confirmed to lead the office, Kauffman has served as the Principal Deputy Inspector General for Health and Human Services since early 2016. Previously, she served in strategic leadership roles at the Inspector General’s Office and at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Prior to joining Texas Health and Human Services, Kauffman was a program manager, project manager, and senior policy analyst with the Strategic Planning Unit in the Information Technology Division at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also has worked for the Office of Management and Budget in Washington D.C. as an IT policy analyst intern and has been a project manager, team leader, systems analyst, and database administrator with Exxon Company, USA, now ExxonMobil, in Houston
A native Texan, born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, she was the first person in her family to attend college. Kauffman earned her bachelor of science degree in computer science from Stanford University and received her masters degree in public policy from Harvard University.