United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services

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The Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (formerly the Under Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1953–1979, and the Under Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1979–1990) is the chief operating officer of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The Deputy Secretary oversees all operations within the Department, including overseeing Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, Indian health, and mental health services. The incumbent Deputy Secretary is Eric Hargan.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services department of the US federal government

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Eric Hargan American civil servant

Eric David Hargan is an American lawyer and government official who served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services from October 6, 2017 to January 29, 2018. A member of the Republican Party, Hargan previously acted in this role in 2007 under the George W. Bush administration.

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The Deputy Secretary is also the Regulatory Policy Officer for the Department, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance. In addition, the Deputy Secretary leads a number of initiatives at the Department, including implementing the President's Management Agenda, combating bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness. He also represents the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. [1]

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The Deputy Secretary is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. [2] The Deputy Secretary is paid at level II of the Executive Schedule, [3] meaning he or she receives a basic annual salary of $162,000. [4] The Deputy Secretary is assisted by a Principal Associate Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, two Associate Deputy Secretaries, and three Staff Assistants. [5] The position of Deputy Secretary was originally held by an Under Secretary until the position was retitled in August 1990. The position of Under Secretary had been in existence since the creation of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1953. [2]

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Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

NameTook officeLeft officePresident served underReferences
Jane Morrow Spaulding April 1953January 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower [6] [7]

Under Secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare

NameTook officeLeft officePresident served underReferences
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller June 1953December 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower [8]
VacantDecember 1954September 1955 [9]
Herold Christian Hunt September 1955February 1957 [10]
VacantFebruary 1957April 1957 [11]
John Alanson Perkins April 1957March 1958 [12] [13]
VacantMarch 7, 1958March 18, 1958 [14]
Bertha Sheppard Adkins March 1958January 1961 [15] [16]
Ivan Arnold Nestingen January 1961May 1965 John F. Kennedy [17] [18] [19]
Lyndon B. Johnson
Wilbur Joseph Cohen June 1965May 1968 [20]
VacantMay 1968July 1968 [21]
James H. McCrocklin July 1968January 1969 [22] [23] [24]
VacantJanuary 1969March 1969 Richard Nixon [25]
John G. Veneman March 1969January 1973 [26] [27] [28]
Frank Charles Carlucci III February 1973December 1974 [29] [30] [31]
Gerald Ford

Under Secretaries of Health and Human Services

NameTook officeLeft officePresident served underReferences
John A. Svahn March 1983September 1983 Ronald Reagan [32]
Charles D. Baker 19841985
Don M. Newman 19851989
Constance Horner 1989August 1990 George H.W. Bush

Deputy Secretaries of Health and Human Services

NameTook officeLeft officePresident served underReferences
Constance Horner August 19901991 George H.W. Bush
Kevin Moley 19911993
Walter Broadnax 19931996 Bill Clinton
Kevin Thurm 19962001 [33]
Claude A. Allen 2001June 2005 George W. Bush [34]
Alex M. Azar II June 20052007 [35]
Eric Hargan (acting)20072007 [36]
Tevi Troy 20072009 [1]
Bill Corr 2009April 2015 Barack Obama [37]
Mary Katherine Wakefield (acting)April 2015January 20, 2017 [37]
Colleen Barros (acting)January 20, 2017October 6, 2017 Donald Trump
Eric Hargan October 6, 2017Incumbent

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  6. Smith, Jessie Carney, "Notable Black American women, Book II" (1996), p. 611 "In April, 1953, when the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was established with Oveta Culp Hobby as its first secretary, Spaulding was appointed her assistant. ... After only nine months... Spaulding was reassigned. On January 21, 1954, HEW released to the press the entire text of Jane Spaulding's resignation along with the report that she has accepted a position with the War Claims Commission."
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  13. "Journal of physical education and recreation", Vol. 28 (1957) , p. 52. "John Alanson Perkins, who has been president of the University of Delaware since 1950, has been appointed to the position of Under Secretary".
  14. A common thread of Service, p. 44. Lists holders of the position of Under Secretary. "Vacancy March 7, 1958 – March 18, 1958".
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  17. A common thread of Service, p. 44. Lists holders of the position of Under Secretary. "Ivan A. Nestingen January 21, 1961 – May 31, 1965".
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  19. Bowling, Lawson, "Shapers of the Great Debate on the Great Society", p. 44. Covers Nestingen in a section covering the efforts to introduce Medicare and his working relationship with Wilbur J. Cohen. "Cohen's immediate superior and fellow Wisconsinite, HEW Undersecretary Ivan Nestingen, grew extremely frustrated with the congressional logjam and, disillusioned with Cohen's inside game, came to favor an outside public relations effort to create pressure on Congress, banking on the Medicare concept's general popularity. ... Nestingen eventually left government service in 1965 in a fashion rumored not to be voluntary".
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  28. Kaplowitz, Craig Allan, "LULAC, Mexican Americans and National Policy" (2005), p. 147. "As John Veneman, undersecretary of HEW, told The Washington Post in January 1972, 'Whenever Spanish-speaking students' performance is shown to be markedly lower, a strong case can be made that they are not receiving an equal education.' Teaching children in a language that some understand and others do not was not 'equal', according to Veneman, and Spanish language use and low test scores together could prove the need for remedy."
  29. "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Richard Nixon, 1973" (1999), p. 71–73. Describes the swearing in of a new cabinet on February 2, 1973. The Sub-Cabinet officials present included "Frank C. Carlucci—Under Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare"
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  31. San Miguel, Guadalupe, "Contested Policy" (2004), p. 33. Mentions Carlucci as still being the Under Secretary "in early December 1974"
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