Bill Corr serves as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 2009.
Bill returned to the Department after serving as executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a privately funded organization established to focus the nation’s attention and action on reducing tobacco use among both kids and adults. Mr. Corr joined the Campaign in March 2000.
From March 1998 until 2000, Mr. Corr served as Chief Counsel and Policy Director for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. His responsibilities for the Minority Leader included developing and coordinating policy positions for Senate Democrats, as well as with the White House and House Minority Leadership.
Before working for the Senate Minority Leader, Mr. Corr served as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he was principal advisor to Secretary Donna E. Shalala on all major policy and management issues and initiatives. He also was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health for the Department from 1993 to 1996 and Counselor to the Secretary from January 1996 until he became Chief of Staff.
From 1989 until 1993, Mr. Corr served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopolies and Business Rights of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary under Chairman Howard M. Metzenbaum. He also assisted Senator Metzenbaum as a member of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Corr’s major legislative and oversight responsibilities included the Brady Bill, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, prescription drug and state insurance regulation, the S&L industry and several Supreme Court nominations.
Mr. Corr also served from 1977 to 1989 as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairmen Paul Rogers (1977 to 1978) and Henry A. Waxman. In that capacity his primary areas of responsibility included access to health care and food and drug regulation.
Before his career on Capitol Hill, Mr. Corr worked in the Appalachian Mountain area of Tennessee and Kentucky from 1974 to 1977. During that time, he directed four private, nonprofit, community-run primary health care centers and assisted other communities in establishing and operating similar centers.
Mr. Corr holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He and his wife, Susan Steinmetz, reside in Arlington, Virginia and have two daughters.
Meet the Staff
Marc Smolonsky, Associate Deputy Secretary
Marc Smolonsky joined HHS as Associate Deputy Secretary in May 2009. He provides policy guidance on issues involving a cross section of HHS programs and helps formulate responses to ongoing independent program evaluations from such organizations as the Office of Inspector General, the General Accounting Office and Congressional committees. He also provides leadership in HHS efforts to enhance program integrity and fraud detection efforts in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Mr. Smolonsky served as the Associate Director for Legislative Policy and Analysis at the National Institutes of Health from 1999 to 2009. He also was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at HHS from 1994 to 1999. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Smolonsky had a distinguished 15-year career in the U.S. Congress, working for committees in both the House and Senate specializing in the oversight of government programs. He is also a published novelist and former journalist.
Jarel LaPan, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary
Jarel LaPan joined HHS as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary in January 2009, before becoming the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary in 2012. She provides guidance and support to the Deputy Secretary on Secretarial initiatives, department-wide priorities and other mission critical issues. In this role, she coordinates activities with leadership from HHS operating divisions, other federal agencies and the White House on policy and program development. Prior to joining HHS, Jarel worked for two years on the Obama for America campaign, where she managed statewide political operations with a focus on health policy outreach. She has also worked in the Office of the Montana Insurance Commissioner and at GMMB in Washington, DC. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jarel is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in Political Science.