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Agency Plans and Reports

Mission

The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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.

Overview

HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, from conception. HHS is responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined.

Eleven operating divisions (OpDivs), including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies, administer HHS’s programs. While HHS is a domestic agency working to protect and promote the health and well-being of the American people, the interconnectedness of our world requires that HHS engage globally to fulfill its mission. In addition, staff divisions (StaffDivs) provide leadership, direction, and policy guidance to the Department.

To access additional agency performance documents visit the agency’s website.



Gears of Government Awards Hall of Winners

The Gears of Government Awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

Department of Health and Human Services award winners are listed below.


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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Ahmed M. Askar
  • Nathan M. Beck
  • Robert J. Bouvier
  • Wayne A. Gorski
  • Valerie L. Hall

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved how FDA responds and reacts to natural disasters. This effort enhances FDA’s ability to assess the impact of damage at facilities and ability to recover resources.

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Brian Martin

Department of Health and Human Services


Brian Martin

Improved access to life-saving medications for millions of Medicare recipients. Mr. Martin created a new system that makes it easier for recipients to find a Medicare plan that meets their healthcare needs.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Frank Domizio
  • Aaron Burnett
  • Thomas Schankweiler

Department of Health and Human Services

Designed and implemented the innovative “Cybervets” program, which helps prepare veterans transitioning to civilian life by training them to fill critical cybersecurity roles.

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David Horn

Department of Health and Human Services


David Horn

Led a government-wide coalition to improve federal spending data and increase accountability, performance, and efficiency through implementation of the DATA Act.

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Emily Haas

Department of Health and Human Services


Emily Haas

Improved health and safety standards for mineworkers across the country. Ms. Haas’ research resulted in the creation of industry-wide strategies to improve the health and safety management methods.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jill Garver
  • Sarah Bochenick
  • Lisa Yaider
  • Sarah Leipnik

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced the rate of errors in Medicare transactions through the use of data-driven methods and enhanced collaboration processes. This effort saved taxpayers $4.59 billion.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deborah Gadsden
  • Kenneth Williams
  • Sherry Wilson
  • Richard Hansen

Department of Health and Human Services

Empowered staff to maximize their skills through a 90-day rotational program for Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services employees. This program has improved employee morale, maximized efficiency, promoted developmental opportunities, and transformed the culture of staff.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Lt. Lauren Hatfield
  • Katie Head
  • Lt. Neelam Gazarian

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced maternal substance abuse and opioid withdrawal among Native American populations in North Dakota through the implementation of training programs at health clinics. Since the January 2018 implementation of these programs, the total number of opioids prescribed decreased by 61%.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deanna Jones
  • Jeff Jarrett
  • Sina De Leon Salazar
  • Robert Jones
  • Reba Williams

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved CDC cold storage management practice for freezers resulting in 40% energy savings. These efforts improved the energy efficiency and quality of CDC freezers.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Marc Jastremski
  • Marilynn Wolff
  • Lauren Green
  • Kevin Dancy
  • Jackie Edmundson

Department of Health and Human Services

Enhanced mission support services through state-of-the art building renovations. This resulted in an efficient use of taxpayer dollars, increased productivity, and collaboration across CDC teams.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Kenneth Kraft
  • Dustin Litwiler
  • Jess Weisz
  • Cassandra Newsome
  • Roman Kulbashny

Department of Health and Human Services

Prevented health care providers convicted of opioid-related offenses, sexual assault, rape, and manslaughter from participating in Federal healthcare programs to protect taxpayer-funded healthcare programs (e.g., Medicare) and vulnerable beneficiaries from abuse.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Joel Kimmons
  • Liz York
  • Joanna Stettner
  • Joya McKinstry

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved public health through the creation of the Fitwel® Certification. Fitwel® promotes health and wellness in government, corporate, and residential buildings.

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Dr. Kathleen Uhl

Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Kathleen Uhl

Transformed generic drug regulation using cutting-edge science and expert leadership. Dr. Uhl’s work has expanded access to generic drugs, making it possible for millions of Americans to access essential medications.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Darla Lipscomb
  • Joy Kraybill
  • Bonnie Norton
  • Jinean Riley
  • David Edwards

Department of Health and Human Services

Reduced the risk and cost of several large CMS contracts. This effort increased accountability, transparency, and efficiency in health insurance transactions and saves taxpayers $274 million.

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Lisa Lewis

Department of Health and Human Services


Lisa Lewis

Reduced operating costs by 25% and simplified the structure of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This was part of the successful implementation of provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to help address the opioid crisis.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Jose Arrieta – Executive Sponsor
  • Ali Pourghassemi
  • Oki Mek
  • Maria Jimenez
  • Michael McFarland
  • Clarence Randall

Department of Health and Human Services

Applied cutting-edge technologies to help HHS more easily get what they need to meet their mission. The team used blockchain, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create a better acquisition process for HHS programs, contractors, and industry partners.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deborah Miller
  • Satira Ryans
  • Angela Ament
  • Shawn Baylor
  • Tilie Todd

Department of Health and Human Services

Recovered $2.3 million worth of unclaimed Medicare Trust Funds from States and U.S through a partnership between Medicare, Treasury, and State Governments and Territories.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deondra Mosely
  • Jodi Robinson
  • Chris Waller
  • Lindsey Harman
  • Michael Parisi

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized data collection processes for state health insurance exchanges. This improved the use and management of the $10 billion in federal tax dollars used for enrollment transactions.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Loretta O’Mara
  • Camille Haywood
  • Ada Sanchez
  • Leah Bertazon
  • Lila Ogiba

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized the Medicare claims processing system. This team’s innovation will lead to $7.5 million in savings over the next five years.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Luis Padilla
  • Melissa Ryan
  • Elisa Gladstone
  • Janelle Anderson
  • Michael Arsenault

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized business processes to locate and support areas with healthcare shortages. This work has improved support in high need areas and reduced costs for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • THIYAGARAJAN SUBRAMANIUM
  • Manoj Panda
  • Solomon Tadele
  • Yuelian Shen

Department of Health and Human Services

Modernized the National Food Safety Data Exchange platform to improve the detection and surveillance of America’s food supply. This effort saves American taxpayers $750,000 annually.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Christopher Thompson
  • Sophia Hinojosa
  • Ashley Setala
  • Adrienne Delozier
  • Maritza Bodon

Department of Health and Human Services

Improved efficiency and effectiveness of CMS Medicaid operations at the national and state level. This effort reduced the administrative burden of processing Medicaid transactions leading to better service for individuals and families who rely on Medicaid services.

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Department of Health and Human Services

  • Commander Jennifer Turner
  • Lt. Nathan Kyle
  • Dr. Cassie Rumsey
  • Dr. James Baker
  • Lisa Woodworth

Department of Health and Human Services

Expanded physical therapy services with limited resources. These efforts improved health outcomes and reduced the frequency of opioid medication prescriptions by 8%.

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Dr. Lisa McAdams

Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Lisa McAdams

Provided model leadership during the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Her focus on strategy and detail to align federal agencies, local governments, communities, contractors, and healthcare providers resulted in a synchronized level of effort rarely seen in the chaos following national disasters. Her leadership provided access to thousands of life saving interventions for acute and emergency care.

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Tina Cheatham

Department of Health and Human Services


Tina Cheatham

Improved efficiency and morale of Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations staff. Under Ms. Cheatham’s leadership, ORO can better accomplish its of mission of improving health access to underserved communities across the United States.

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