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Office of Security and Strategic Information (OSSI)

The Office of Security and Strategic Information (OSSI), within the Office of the Secretary at Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is charged with leading and managing personnel security/suitability, information security, drug testing, and foreign travel/visitor policy for the Department.


Michael Schmoyer serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security, Intelligence and Counterintelligence in the Department of Health and Human Services.

OSSI Divisions

The Division of Strategic Information (DSI)

The Division of Strategic Information (DSI) will coordinate internal sharing and analysis of sensitive information among the OPDIVS/STAFFDIVS and external relationships with the Intelligence Community (IC). DSI has established a network of scientific, public health, and security professionals within the Department, and identified points of contact in other non-title 50 agencies, in the IC and the Information Sharing Environment Council. DSI provides policy direction to facilitate the identification of potential vulnerabilities or threats to security; conduct analyses of potential or identified risks to security and safety; and work with agencies to develop methods to address them.

The Division of Personnel and Classified Information Security

The Division of Personnel and Classified Information Security (DPCIS) has the Departmental responsibility for policy and oversight for the following: personnel security and suitability background investigations and adjudications; national security clearances; communications security, including secure telecommunications equipment and classified information systems with direct management of these functions within the OS; information security, to include receipt and categorization of classified and sensitive but unclassified materials, security awareness programs and management of the document classification and declassification program; international traveler/foreign visitor awareness program; and drug-free workplace program, including HHS employee drug testing.

The Division of Physical Security

The Division of Physical Security (DPS) audits and integrates physical security assessments, the Division of Physical Security provides Department-wide leadership, coordination, policy and oversight for the following directives and core programs:

  • HSPD-7 - Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection
  • HSPD-12 - Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors
  • HSPD-19 - Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States
  • Bioterrorism
  • National Select Agent Program
  • Strategic National Stockpile Program
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program
  • Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
  • Cyber security Program
  • Physical Security Program (guns, gates, and guards)
  • Department Security Council leadership

The Division of Physical Security will foster the ability to assess compliance with the above directives and provide appropriate corrective action support across the Department. These assessments will provide information to identify key physical security risks, threats and vulnerabilities and the Department’s ability to provide the appropriate response. The assessment results will also assist the Division in developing the appropriate Departmental strategies to build and refine the various programs outlined above. The Division of Physical Security also maintains the HSPD-12 Program Office. HSPD-12 establishes a requirement for all Federal agencies to create and use a government-wide secure and reliable form of identification for their Federal employees and contractors (a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential).

Content created by Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
Content last reviewed on January 3, 2018