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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 253-01
June 07, 2001

NEW TRICARE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED

The Department of Defense announced today that Thomas F. Carrato became the new executive director of the Department's Tricare Management Activity (TMA).

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness David Chu said of Carrato's selection, "This is great news for the entire Military Health System. Carrato has tremendous executive experience in the Tricare program, and has consistently delivered top results for Tricare over the years. He's the right person to lead TMA into the future."

Carrato has more than 23 years of experience in a variety of health care-related organizations including the U.S. Public Health Service where he holds the rank of assistant surgeon general (rear admiral, upper half). He was assigned to the Department of Defense from March of 1988 to May 2000, during which time he assumed increasingly more responsibility for Tricare program management. Carrato served as director of Managed Care Operations in Health Services Financing (HSF) during his tenure in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He most recently served as the chief operating officer at TMA, a position he left when he was named regional health administrator for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Region IV.

Carrato holds a master's of science degree in accounting from Georgetown University and is a licensed certified public accountant. He holds a master's of social work degree from the University of South Carolina and is a licensed clinical social worker.

The TMA is the organization that oversees the DoD managed health care program for uniformed services beneficiaries and their families. TMA leaders are responsible for improving and enhancing Tricare worldwide, and for ensuring the availability and affordability of high-quality, accessible health care for uniformed services beneficiaries worldwide. TMA was created in February 1998 as part of the Defense Reform Initiative. More information about TMA can be found at http://www.tricare.osd.mil.