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Biography of Tevi D. Troy

Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Tevi Troy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services on August 3, 2007. As Deputy Secretary, Troy serves as the chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a budget of $716 billion and over 67,000 employees. Working closely with Secretary Mike Leavitt, Troy oversees all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, Indian health, mental health services, and many other activities. He also serves as the Regulatory Policy Officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance. In addition, he leads a number of initiatives at the Department, including implementing the President's Management Agenda, combating bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness. Troy is also involved in the Department’s health diplomacy efforts and has led U.S. government delegations to the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and Africa.

From 2005 to 2007, Troy served as Deputy Assistant to President Bush for Domestic Policy, and from 2003 to 2004 was Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary and the White House liaison to the Jewish community.

Troy began working in the Bush administration at the Department of Labor, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and the Director of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Troy served as the Policy Director for Senator John Ashcroft. From 1996 to 1998, Troy was Senior Domestic Policy Adviser and later Domestic Policy Director for the House Policy Committee, chaired by Christopher Cox. He has also been the Herman Kahn Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis and a Researcher at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Troy has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.A and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is the author of Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Troy lives in Maryland with his wife Kami and four children.