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About HHS

HHS logoThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States 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 Agencies and Offices

The work of HHS is conducted by the Office of the Secretary and 11 agencies.

The agencies perform a wide variety of tasks and services, including research, public health, food and drug safety, grants and other funding, health insurance, and many others.

OS - Office of the Secretary
ACF - Administration for Children & Families
AoA - Administration on Aging
AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease
CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CMS - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
FDA - Food & Drug Administration
HRSA - Health Resources & Services Administration
IHS - Indian Health Service
NIH - National Institutes of Health
OIG - Office of Inspector General
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The subdivisions of the Office of the Secretary provide direct support for the Secretary's initiatives.



HHS Regional Offices

Find the regional office for your area and get contact information.



HHS Staff and Organization

Locate an employee, view an organization chart, and learn about employment at HHS.

  • Employee Directory
    Search for HHS employees by last name, first name, agency, or other search options.
  • Careers/Jobs
    Explore and begin a career at HHS.
  • Organization Chart
    View a visual representation of the reporting structure of HHS offices and agencies.



General Information

Learn about our work, our locations, and find information and assistance resources. 

Our Work
Read about what we do, our mission, and historical highlights. Get a list of former HHS/HEW secretaries.

Find Department headquarters and regional offices and get contact information


Assistance and Information
View a list of HHS resources arranged by topic, operating division and program office publications contacts, and frequently asked questions, and learn how to request information



HHS Publications, Reports, and Forms

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Performance & Accountability
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Budget & Finance
Find budgets, budget justifications, and reports on programs, accomplishments, challenges, and accountability.


Strategic Plans
View strategic plans, goals and objectives


HHS Forms
Obtain HHS Forms, and forms for selected HHS agencies

HHS Forms
View by form number or by form title. Find forms from ACF, CMS, FDA, and NIH.



Read evaluation and inspections reports, the annual employee survey, and the E-Gov content inventory



Financial, Legal & Policy Information

Read financial reports, budget justifications, rights of individuals, medical privacy information (HIPAA), FOIA information, poverty guidelines, a list of excluded individuals/entities, fraud prevention and detection materials, and significant guidance documents

Financial Information
The Agency’s financial reports and Congressional budget justifications

Legal Information
Individual’s rights to privacy, information, and fair treatment


Policy Information
Policies and procedures guiding HHS activities

  • Medical Privacy (HIPAA)
    Read information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, a federal law that protects individual’s health information
  • National Vaccine Program Policy
    Learn about the policy guiding development and testing of vaccines against biological and chemical weapons and dangerous pathogens
  • Poverty Guidelines
    View simplified poverty thresholds used for administrative purposes, such as to determine eligibility for federal programs
  • Science Policy Issues
    Explore research findings from the Office of Science Policy Analysis
  • Significant Guidance Documents
    View guidance that explains HHS policy and procedures in an effort to provide more clarity to the public and greater direction to Department staff