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HHS Federal Program Inventory

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Budget Authority (in millions of dollars)

 FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014

11.1  Minority HIV/AIDS

The Minority AIDS Initiative’s (MAI) principal goals are to improve HIV-related health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and reduce HIV related health disparities.  The resources provided through MAI supplement, rather than replace, other federal HIV/AIDS funding and programs. 
MAI allocates resources to CDC, HRSA, IHS and SAMHSA for the Office of the Secretary MAI Fund.  The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, formerly the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, administers the Secretary’s Fund on behalf of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.  SMAIF funds are competitively awarded to HHS agencies and offices to support activities related to HIV prevention, care and treatment, outreach and education, technical assistance, and demonstration projects.  The awards are approved and made by the Assistant Secretary for Health. 

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases

11.2  Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention program provides funding for three key initiatives:

  • An initiative that supports evidence-based and innovative approaches to teen pregnancy prevention through competitive grants to public and private entities to fund medically accurate and age appropriate programs that reduce teen pregnancy and for the federal costs associated with administration and evaluation. 
  • An initiative that provides competitive grants to states and tribes to support pregnant and parenting teens and women, as authorized by the Affordable Care Act through a network of supportive services help pregnant and parenting teens and women complete high school or postsecondary degrees and gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical support. In addition, states may use the funds to address violence against pregnant and parenting women.
  • An initiative that supports Abstinence education programs to focus on the social, psychological, and health development of groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock. One such population of young people who are significantly more likely than their peers to become pregnant or to father a child at an early age are youth who are in or aging out of foster care. 


  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Promote the safety, well-being, resilience, and healthy development of children and youth

11.3  HHS Policy Development and Program Support

The HHS Policy Development and Program Support program supports the Secretary in her role as chief policy officer and general manager of HHS in administering and overseeing the organizations, programs and activities of the Department. These activities are carried out through eleven Staff Divisions, including the Immediate Office of the Secretary, the Office for Civil Rights, the Departmental Appeals Board, and the Offices of:  Public Affairs; Legislation; Planning and Evaluation; Financial Resources; Administration; Intergovernmental and External Affairs; General Counsel; Global Affairs; and Assistant Secretary for Health.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen health care
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Ensure access to quality, culturally competent care for vulnerable populations

11.4  Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) protects the integrity of HHS programs and the health and welfare of the people they serve.  OIG provides independent and objective oversight of HHS programs and operations to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and combat fraud, waste, and abuse.
OIG conducts audits, evaluations, and investigations; provides guidance to industry; and, when appropriate, imposes sanctions such as civil monetary penalties and exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal health care programs.  OIG collaborates with HHS and its operating and staff divisions, the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies, Congress, and states to bring about systemic changes, successful prosecutions, negotiated settlements, and recovery of funds.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Increase efficiency, transparency and accountability of HHS programs
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Ensure program integrity and responsible stewardship of resources, Fight fraud and work to eliminate improper payments

11.5  Health Information Technology 

The Health Information Technology program is administered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and pursues the modernization of the American health care system through a collaborative framework that addresses critical health information technology (IT) challenges by supporting the adoption of common policies and standards that support the meaningful use of health IT.  The program focuses on the coordination of policies and standards that protect the privacy and security of health information and integrates clinical best practices.  The program provides continued leadership and expertise to implementers and consumers of health IT as they adopt health IT and seek to optimize the use and exchange of health information.  These efforts will make health information available where and when clinicians and patients need it most for better decision-making that improves the health of patients and populations while providing better value for every health care dollar.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen health care
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Promote the Adoption and Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology

11.6  Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) administers hearings and appeals nationwide for the Medicare program.  OMHA ensures that the American people have equal access and opportunity to make such appeals and can exercise their rights to access quality health care. There are five levels in the Medicare appeals process.  The Administrative Law Judges within OMHA conduct impartial hearings and issue decisions that reach Level 3 of the Medicare appeals process involving Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, as well as Medicare entitlement and eligibility appeals. By statute, Level 3 Medicare appeals are to be heard within 90 days after receipt of a request for a hearing from a Medicare appellant.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Strengthen health care
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Improve health care quality and patient safety

11.7  All Hazards Preparedness and Response

The All Hazards Preparedness and Response program coordinates the bioterrorism and emergency preparedness activities of HHS agencies, develops and coordinates national policies and plans, provides program oversight, and serves as the Secretary’s public health emergency representative to other federal, state, and local agencies.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Protect Americans’ health and safety during emergencies, and foster resilience in response to emergencies 

11.8  Medical Countermeasure Advanced Development

The Medical Countermeasure Advanced Development program is charged with ensuring that safe and effective medical countermeasures (MCMs) are available to protect our population in public health emergencies. The MCM enterprise encompasses a host of complex and interdependent processes including:  the development, manufacturing, production, stockpiling, and distribution of medical products for potential threats; the distribution and administration of countermeasures to people in need; and the evaluation of the efficacy of these products.
The MCM enterprise continues to invest in the development of promising countermeasures, technologies, and diagnostics to address a broad array of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats and pandemic diseases. Thus far, MCMs for anthrax and other bacterial threats, smallpox, chemical threats, radiation exposure, and botulism have been delivered to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Research and development efforts are also underway for a variety of diagnostic platforms, smallpox therapeutics, and additional MCMs.
The Department’s MCM enterprise has grown significantly in the last decade, acquiring new capabilities and leading to unprecedented success in the development and acquisition of MCMs through the creation of Project BioShield (BioShield). BioShield serves as a governmental purchaser of available MCMs and provides an incentive to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to develop new MCMs.

  • Supported Strategic Goal:  Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
  • Supported Strategic Objective:  Protect Americans’ health and safety during emergencies, and foster resilience in response to emergencies

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