The Department of Health and
The United States government's principal agency for
protecting the health of all Americans and providing
essential human services.
Cabinet Level Organization
A Brief History
• The department of education and welfare was
formed in 1923.
• It was renamed the Department of Health and
Human Services when education became it’s
own department in 1979.
• HHS was in charge of public health agencies,
the Family Support Administration, and Social
Security Administration, until the SSA became
its own agency in 1995.
• Secretary: Kathleen Sebelius
• Deputy Secretary: Bill Corr
• Executive Secretary: Dawn L. Smalls
• Deputy Executive Secretary: Barbara J.
• Director, Office of Documents and
Regulations Management : Oliver Potts
• Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
ASA provides leadership for HHS departmental management, including
human resource policy and departmental operations.
• Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR)
ASFR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary on budget, financial
management, acquisition policy and support, grants management, and the
small business programs and to provide for the direction and coordination of
these activities throughout the Department.
• Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
ASH serves as the Secretary's primary advisor on matters involving the
nation's public health and oversees HHS' U.S. Public Service (PHS) for the
• Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL)
ASL Serves as the primary link between the Department of Health & Human
Services (HHS) and Congress.
• Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
ASPE in the principal advisor on policy development, and is responsible for
major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic
planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
• Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
ASPA serves as the principle counsel on public affairs matters, conducts a national
public affairs program, provides centralized leadership and guidance for public affairs
activities within HHS' staff and operation divisions and regional offices, and
administers the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.
• Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
ASPR serves as the principal advisory staff on matters related to bioterrorism and
other public health emergencies.
• Departmental Appeals Board (DAB)
DAB provides prompt, fair, and impartial dispute resolution services to parties in
many different kinds of disputes involving components of HHS.
• Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
OCR enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination by health care and human
services providers that receive funds from HHS.
• Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO)
OCIIO is responsible for ensuring compliance with new insurance market rules,
providing guidance and oversight for the state-based insurance exchanges,
administering the temporary high-risk pool program and the early retiree reinsurance
program, and compiling and maintaining data for an internet portal providing
information on insurance options.
• Office of Global Health Affairs (OGHA)
OGHA represents the Department to the governments, other Federal Departments
and agencies, international organizations and the private sector on international and
refugee health issues.
• Office of Inspector General (OIG)
OIG protects the integrity of HHS programs, as well as the health and
welfare of the beneficiaries of those programs.
• Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA)
OMHA administers nationwide hearings for the Medicare program.
• Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
ONC provides counsel to the Secretary of HHS and Departmental
leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of an
interoperable health information technology infrastructure.
• Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
OGC is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal
advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues.
• Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
CFBCI provides information and technical assistance for faith-based and
community organizations to compete more effectively for Federal funds.
In the News….
• October 19- Consumer Assistance Grants program
awards of nearly $30 million to put patients in charge of
their health care
• October 13- Secretary Sebelius leads efforts to improve
access to coverage for children with pre-existing
conditions, urges states to take action
• October 8- HHS announces a major new investment in
community health centers
• October 6- HHS came up with ways to combat abuse in
long term care facilities.
• October 4- HHS provides nearly 1000 employees with
healthcare plans for retirees and their families.
• October 1- Clinton and Sebelius apologize for a study
done on STDS in 1946-1948, saying that it was unethical
and they regret it happened.
• October 1- HHS provided a helpline for people to call in
and give info about the oil spill.
• September 30- HHS gives grants for people who have
evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention plans.
• September 30- States have gotten resources to bolster
their own healthcare policies.
• September 29- BARDA is funding for a portable
• September 27- HHS launches a facebook page, making
them easily accessible and more modern
• September 24- HHS gives $100 million in grants to
public health prevention agencies.
Cuts and Such
• Increase Funding for: agencies trying to
find cures for people and disease control
• Decrease is amount of grants given out.