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					The Department of Health and
      Human Services
   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.
             The Leaders
• Secretary: Kathleen Sebelius
• Deputy Secretary: Bill Corr
• Executive Secretary: Dawn L. Smalls
• Deputy Executive Secretary: Barbara J.
  Holland
• Director, Office of Documents and
  Regulations Management : Oliver Potts
                  Hierarchical Chart
•   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
    Secretary.
•   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.
                    Hierarchical Chart
•   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.
                  Hierarchical Chart
•   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.
                 More News…
• 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
  ventilator
• 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
  centers.

• Decrease is amount of grants given out.

				
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