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Deputy Secretary

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

Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer
Bryan Sivak joined HHS as the Chief Technology Officer in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Previously, Bryan served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government. He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works. Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District’s residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service. Bryan previously worked in the private sector, co-founding InQuira, Inc., a multi-national software company, in 2002, and Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided one of the world's first Natural Language Search engines available on the web in 1998.



Jarel LaPan, Chief of Staff to the Deputy SecretaryJarel 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.