Office of the Secretary, General Departmental Management
General Departmental Management Budget Overview
(Dollars in millions)
|Public Health Service (PHS) Evaluation Funds||65||65||57||-8|
|Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control||7.5||7||10||+3|
|Proposed Mandatory Funding—Departmental Appeals Board||--||--||2||+2|
|Total, Program Level /2||528||527||374||-153|
1/ Reflects the annualized level of the Continuing Resolution that ended April 28, 2017, including the across the board reduction, the 21st Century Cures Act, and directed transfers.
2/ This table does not include funding or FTE for the Pregnancy Assistance Fund.
The General Departmental Management budget line supports the Secretary’s role as chief policy officer and general manager of the Department.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 President’s Budget requests a program level of $374 million for General Departmental Management, a decrease of $153 million below the funding level provided in the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. The Budget supports the Secretary's role in administering and overseeing the organization, programs, and activities of the Department. These efforts are carried out through 11 Staff Divisions within the Office of the Secretary.
Office of Minority Health
The Budget includes $57 million for the Office of Minority Health, the same as the funding level provided in FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. The Office of Minority Health will continue to lead, coordinate, and collaborate on minority health activities across the Department, including leadership in coordinating policies, programs, and resources to support implementation of the HHS Disparities Action Plan and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.
Office on Women’s Health
The Budget includes $32 million for the Office on Women’s Health, the same as the funding level provided in the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. The Office on Women’s Health will continue to lead, coordinate, and collaborate on women’s health activities across the Department. This funding will allow the Office on Women’s Health to continue targeted grants and support the advancement of women’s health programs through the promotion and coordination of research, service delivery, and education. Funds will also allow the Office on Women’s Health to continue a state partnership initiative to reduce violence against women. These programs are also carried out throughout the divisions and offices of the Department, with other government organizations, and with consumer and health professional groups.
Sexual Risk Avoidance
The Budget includes $10 million for Sexual Risk Avoidance education grants, the same as the funding level provided in the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. This program supports an evidence-based approach defined as voluntarily refraining from non-marital sexual activity.
Departmental Appeals Board
The Budget includes $17 million for the Departmental Appeals Board, comprised of $15 million in discretionary budget authority and $2 million in proposed mandatory funding. This is an increase of $6 million above the funding level provided in the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. The Departmental Appeals Board provides high-quality adjudication and other conflict resolution services in administrative disputes involving HHS, including Medicare appeals. The Budget increase for FY 2018 will provide additional support to the Medicare Appeals Council to keep pace with the growing number of Medicare appeals. Within HHS, the Council provides the final administrative review of claims for entitlement to Medicare and individual claims for Medicare coverage, and payment filed by beneficiaries or health care providers and suppliers.
Other General Departmental Management
The Budget includes $258 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 Department components and includes funding to continue ongoing programmatic activities, including strengthening program integrity by reducing fraud, waste, and abuse.