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HHS FY2016 Budget in Brief

Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice of the Secretary, General Departmental Management

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General Departmental Management supports the Secretary in her role as chief policy officer and general manager of the Department.

General Departmental Management Budget Overview

(Dollars in millions)

Funds 2014 2015 2016 2016
+/- 2015
Budget Authority 457 448 493 +45
Prevention and Public Health Fund 69 65 66 +1
PHS Evaluation Funds 23 23 25 +2
Pregnancy Assistance Fund - - 2 +2
Total, Program Level 549 536 586 +50

Full Time Equivalents

2014: 1,493
2015: 1,581
2016: 1,656
2016 +/- 2015: +75

General Departmental Management Programs

The FY 2016 Budget for General Departmental Management is $586 million in program level funding, an increase of $50 million above FY 2015.  The Budget supports grant programs and the Secretary's roles in administering and overseeing the organization, programs, and activities of the Department.  These efforts are carried out through 11 Staff Divisions and Offices.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention:  The Budget includes $105 million to support community efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and collaborate on abstinence education projects.  In addition, $7 million in Public Health Service Act evaluation funding is included for the evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention activities.  Teen pregnancy prevention funding will be used for replicating programs that have proven effective through rigorous evaluation to reduce teenage pregnancy; for research and demonstration grants to develop, replicate, refine and test additional models and innovative strategies; and for training, technical assistance, and outreach. Collaborative efforts in teen pregnancy prevention will support innovative strategies which are medically accurate and age appropriate.

Office of Minority Health:  The Budget includes $57 million for the Office of Minority Health, the same as FY 2015. The Office of Minority Health will lead, coordinate and collaborate on minority health activities in HHS, with emphasis on program development.  This funding will enable the Office of Minority Health to continue targeted grants and health promotion, service demonstration, and educational efforts to prevent disease, reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations across the country. 

Minority HIV/AIDS:  The FY 2016 Budget includes $54 million, an increase of $2 million above FY 2015 to support innovative approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in minority communities disproportionately impacted by this disease.  These funds will allow the Department to continue priority investments and public health strategies targeted to reduce the disparate burden of HIV/AIDS in racial and ethnic minority populations.

Office on Women's Health:  The Budget includes $32 million for the Office on Women’s Health, the same as FY 2015.  The Office on Women’s Health will lead, coordinate, and collaborate on women’s health activities and program development in HHS.  This funding will allow the Office on Women’s Health to continue targeted grants and support the advancement of women's health programs through promoting and coordinating research, service delivery, and education.  These programs are also carried out throughout the divisions and offices of HHS, with other government organizations, and with consumer and health professional groups.

Acquisition Reform:  The Budget continues $2 million for the HHS portion of a government-wide initiative in contract and acquisition reform.  Funding will be used to increase the capacity and capabilities of the Department’s acquisition workforce.

Other General Departmental Management:  The Budget includes $327 million for the remainder of the activities supported by General Departmental Management in the Office of the Secretary.  The Budget funds leadership, policy, legal, and administrative guidance to HHS components and also includes funding to continue ongoing programmatic activities.  The Budget will support strengthening program integrity by reducing fraud, waste, and abuse and increasing accountability. Additionally, the FY 2016 Budget will develop and expand on three new data and innovation initiatives.

DATA Act:  The Budget includes $10 million to implement the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 as well as the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to improve transparency of Federal spending and Government-wide financial data standards.  HHS plays a crucial role in the implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 and has been designated as the leader for grants standardization.  The Department will focus on improvements to Grants.gov as well as data standardization efforts that will include both financial and non-financial data.

 Agency Digital Service Team: The Budget also includes $10 million for the Department to establish and staff an agency Digital Services team.  The request will enable HHS to focus on the implementation of milestones to build capacity and support the development of a Digital Services team and drive the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency’s highest-impact digital services.

The success rate of government digital services is improved when agencies have digital service experts on staff with modern design, software engineering, and product management skills. To ensure the agency can effectively build and deliver important digital services, the FY 2016 Budget includes funding for staffing costs to build a Digital Service team that will focus on transforming the agency’s digital services with the greatest impact to citizens and businesses so they are easier to use and more cost-effective to build and maintain.

IDEA Lab: The Budget supports the growth of the HHS Idea Lab and includes $3 million to expand initial activities.  Resources will allow HHS to pilot new programmatic activities to support innovative ideas that increase efficiency and effectiveness.

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Content last reviewed on February 2, 2015