Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM)
To help bring about improvements and effectiveness that can be achieved by structuring HHS as a united department, in support of the Secretary’s goals and the President's Management Agenda. ASAM advises the Secretary on all aspects of administration and human resource management.
Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
To provide senior professional leadership across HHS on crosscutting, population-based public health and clinical preventive services. The Office of Public Health and Science is under the direction of the ASH, who serves as the Secretary’s primary advisor on matters involving the Nation’s public health and oversees the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service through the Office of the Surgeon General.
Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL)
To advise the Secretary and the Department on congressional legislation and to facilitate communication between the Department and the U.S. Congress. ASL informs the Congress of Departmental priorities, actions, grants, and contracts.
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
To provide advice and support to the Secretary on the development and analysis of
crosscutting, population-based health and human service policies. ASPE is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
To serve as the Secretary’s principal counsel on public affairs matters and to provide centralized leadership and guidance for public affairs activities within HHS. ASPA coordinates media relations and public service information campaigns throughout HHS and manages the Freedom of Information process for the Department.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
To serve as the Secretary’s principal advisory staff on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. ASPR directs the Department’s emergency response activities and coordinates interagency activities related to emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population.
Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT)
To provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on budget, financial management, and information technology and to provide for the direction and coordination of these activities throughout the Department. ASRT provides oversight of the administrative and financial organizations and activities of the Department, including production of the Department’s financial statements and the annual performance plan and report under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-62).
Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
To create an environment within HHS that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need. CFBCI leads the Department’s efforts to better utilize faith-based and community-based organizations in providing effective human services.
Departmental Appeals Board (DAB)
To provide the best possible dispute resolution services for the people who appear before the board, those who rely on the decisions, and the public. DAB provides prompt, fair, and impartial dispute resolution services to parties in many different kinds of disputes involving components of the Department. DAB encourages the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
To ensure that people have equal access to, and opportunity to participate in and receive services from all HHS programs without facing unlawful discrimination, and the protection of the privacy of their identifiable health information while ensuring access to care. Through prevention and elimination of unlawful discrimination, OCR helps HHS carry out its overall mission of improving the health and well-being of all people, including those affected by its many programs.
Office on Disability (OD)
To oversee the coordination, development, and implementation of programs and special initiatives within HHS that impact people with disabilities. OD serves as focus of advocacy activities undertaken on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
To advance the Department’s goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. OGC is the legal team for the Department, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary and the Department’s divisions.
Office of Global Health Affairs (OGHA)
To promote the health of the world’s population by advancing HHS global strategies and partnerships, thus serving the health of the people of the United States. OGHA represents HHS to other governments, other Federal departments and agencies, international organizations, and the private sector on international and refugee health issues.
Office of Inspector General (OIG)
To protect the integrity of HHS programs, as well as the health and welfare of the beneficiaries of those programs. By conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations, OIG provides timely, useful, and reliable information and advice to Department officials, the Administration, the U.S. Congress, and the public.
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA)
To facilitate communication regarding HHS initiatives as they relate to State, local, and tribal governments. IGA is the Department’s liaison to State, local, and tribal governments, and the national organizations that represent them. IGA represents the perspectives of these HHS partners in the Federal policymaking process and helps communicate the Federal perspective to them. IGA’s Office of Tribal Affairs serves as the first point of contact for tribes and tribal organizations working with HHS and assists tribes in navigating policies and requirements for HHS programs and services.
Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA)
To administer the nationwide hearings and appeals for the Medicare program, and to ensure that the American people have equal access and opportunity to appeal and can exercise their rights for health care quality and access. OMHA, under direct delegation from the Secretary, administers nationwide hearings for the Medicare program. The Administrative Law Judges within OMHA conduct impartial hearings and issue decisions on behalf of the Secretary on claims determination appeals involving Parts A, B, C, and D of Medicare, and on Medicare entitlement and eligibility appeals.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
To provide leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology to improve the quality and efficiency of health care and the ability of consumers to manage their care and safety. The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is the Secretary’s principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health information technology in both the public and private health care sectors that will reduce medical errors, improve quality, and produce greater value for health care expenditures.
Program Support Center (PSC)
To provide a full range of support services to HHS and other Federal agencies, allowing them to focus on their core mission. PSC, a component of ASAM, is the Department’s Shared Services Center, providing services on a fee-for-service basis to customers across the Federal Government in administrative operations, financial management, enterprise support, strategic acquisitions, and occupational health service.
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