U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
|Department of Health and Human Services|
|Deputy Secretary:||Bill Corr|
|Annual budget:||$907.7 billion (2013)|
|Total employed:||60,303 (2011)|
The Department employs 60,303 employees. The operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $907.7 billion. The Department oversees agencies including, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Department was formed as the cabinet-level Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) in 1953 under President Eisenhower. In 1979 the Department of Education split from HEW, and the Department of Health and Human Services was formed. Below is a list of events throughout the Department's history:
- 1953: Salk polio vaccine licensed
- 1964: First Surgeon General's report on smoking and health
- 1965: Medicare and Medicaid programs created
- 1979: Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education split from (HEW)
- 1984: National Organ Transplantation Act became law
- 1990: Human Genome Project established
- 1996: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) became law
- 1997: State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) created
- 1999: Anti-bioterrorism initiative launched
- 2003: Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act enacted
- 2010: Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law
The Department of Health and Human Services website states the mission:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|“||The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives.||”|
The current Secretary of Health and Human Services is Kathleen Sebelius.
|Secretaries of Health and Human Services Full History|
|Secretary of Health and Human Services||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|Patricia R. Harris||1979-1981||Jimmy Carter||N/A|
|Richard Schweiker||1981-1983||Ronald Reagan||99-0|
|Margaret Heckler||1983-1985||Ronald Reagan||82-3|
|Otis R. Bowen||1985-1989||Ronald Reagan||93-2|
|Louis W. Sullivan||1989-1993||George H.W. Bush||98-1|
|Donna Shalala||1993-2001||Bill Clinton||N/A|
|Tommy Thompson||2001-2005||George W. Bush||100-0|
|Mike Leavitt||2005-2009||George W. Bush||N/A|
|Kathleen Sebelius||2009-Present||Barack Obama||65-31|
Note: Votes marked "N/A" represent voice votes or unrecorded votes.
|U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Annual Budget|
|Year||Budget (in billions)||% Difference from previous year|
- Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.
The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2005-2011, the Department of Health and Human Services has added an average of 1,326 jobs per year.
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- Kathleen Sebelius
- Healthcare.gov website rollout
- Health insurance policy cancellations since Obamacare
- Official Department of Health and Human Services website
- Department of Health and Human Services blog
- Official Facebook page
- Official Twitter page
- Official Youtube channel
- Official Flickr account
- Department of Health and Human Services, "Historical Highlights," accessed December 9, 2013
- HHS.gov, "About," accessed November 18, 2013
- Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, "Health and Human Services Department," accessed December 10, 2013
- HHS.gov, "FY 2012 budget in brief," accessed November 18, 2013
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Budget and Performance," accessed January 31, 2014