Fiscal Year 2022
Released June, 2021
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Operating Divisions (OpDivs), including agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and human service agencies, administer HHS programs. Staff Divisions (StaffDivs) provide leadership, direction, and policy and management guidance to the Department.
The scope of HHS's work to ensure the health and safety of our nation has never been more evident than in the central role HHS has played in the government-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS has mobilized resources across the Department to address the full scope of this once-in-a-century event, including deploying medical personnel to staff field hospitals and care for those afflicted with the virus; providing financial support and distributing equipment such as ventilators, respirators, surgical masks, and gloves to our hospitals and health care providers; purchasing and ensuring domestic prioritization of supplies to help states increase testing; investing in research to develop vaccines and therapeutics; and supporting human service needs such as child care and meals for older adults. HHS will continue to work with our partners both inside and outside the Federal government to address this public health emergency and apply lessons learned from the pandemic to ensure readiness for future threats.
Through its programming and other activities, HHS works closely with state, local, and U.S. territorial governments. The Federal Government has a unique legal and political government-to-government relationship with tribal governments and provides health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives consistent with this special relationship. HHS works with tribal governments, urban Indian organizations, and other tribal organizations to facilitate greater consultation and coordination between state and tribal governments on health and human services.
HHS also has strong partnerships with the private sector and nongovernmental organizations. The Department works with industries, academic institutions, trade organizations, and advocacy groups to leverage resources from organizations and individuals with shared interests. By collaborating, HHS accomplishes its mission in ways that are the least burdensome and most beneficial to the American public. Private sector grantees, such as academic institutions and faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, provide HHS-funded services at the local level. In addition, HHS works closely with other federal departments and international partners to coordinate efforts and ensure the maximum benefit for the public.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.
HHS Organizational Structure
The Department includes 11 OpDivs that administer HHS programs:
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
- Administration for Community Living (ACL)
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Indian Health Service (IHS)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
In addition, 14 StaffDivs and the Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS) coordinate Department operations and provide guidance to the operating divisions:
- Assistant Secretary for Administration (ASA)
- Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR)
- Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)
- Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL)
- Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
- Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
- Departmental Appeals Board (DAB)
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
- Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
- Office of Inspector General (OIG)
- Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA)
- Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
The HHS organizational chart is available at http://www.hhs.gov/about/orgchart/.