Summary of Activities that Continue
The Office of the Secretary reports the contingency staffing numbers for 15 Staff Divisions and the Program Support Center. In the event of a lapse in appropriation, excepted staff in the Immediate Office of the Secretary would continue to provide leadership and key support staff to ensure Department operations and national security related activities continue; the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources' budget and grants staff will continue to support the Department's funded programs and will assist with orderly phase down of operations.
Summary of Contingency Staffing Plan
In the event of a lapse in appropriation 3,383 (59%) of OS staff will be retained, including 2,658 (47%) who are exempt (their activities or position are already funded or otherwise exempted) and 725 (13%) who are excepted (their activities are deemed necessary by implication, or for the safety of human life or protection of property).
A total of 2,658 (47%) OS staff will be exempt. Exempt OS staff includes eight HHS Officers appointed by the President and 2,650 staff who support activities that have funding available during a lapse in appropriations.
The activities which will continue include OIG's oversight activities, MHA case adjudication; OCR HIPAA related investigations, and OGA's support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiative. DAB will continue to provide administrative hearings and appeals and Center for Tobacco Products decisions, Federal Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic, and OS will continue Patient Centered Outcomes Research and the Physician's Technical Advisory Committee activities.
A total of 725 (13%) OS staff are considered excepted and can legally continue their activities in the absence of appropriations. These staff fall into three categories; 1) those whose work is necessary for the safety of human life, 2) those whose work is necessary for the protection of property, and 3) those whose work is "necessarily implied" from the authorized continuation of other activities or the need to phase down and suspend operations.
In addition to OS exempt staff supporting Department operations and national security related activities, the Office of the General Counsel would provide legal support and the Program Support Center would continue to process payments and transfers to ensure fully funded programs continue operations and that funded entitlements are paid.
OASH has 96 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers who will continue working under this exception.