New Director of Office of Recovery Act Coordination

Dennis Williams has been selected to be HHS’ Deputy Assistant Secretary for Recovery Act Coordination. Mr. Williams most recently served as Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Deputy Administrator, a post he held from 2002-2009. Prior to joining HRSA, Williams served as acting Assistant Secretary in HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget (OASMB, currently ASRT) from 2001 to 2002. From 1985-2001 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget in OASMB.

The Office of Recovery Act Coordination, which reports to the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT), will ensure that the Act’s requirements and OMB’s guidance are followed, including:

» Making sure that reporting due dates are met,
» Maintaining a repository of official HHS ARRA information,
» Establishing and tracking performance outcomes, mitigating risks, and
» Keeping the public constantly informed through the web and other means of communication.

This Office will coordinate and oversee all ARRA activities for the Department, and convene those involved in ARRA implementation to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. The Office will report to the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT), since many of the Offices with which it needs to coordinate are within ASRT. Leadership will be provided by a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Recovery Act Coordination. Most Recovery Act work will be completed by HHS Operating Divisions and the Office of the Secretary Staff Divisions, but this Office will have a dedicated staff to coordinate among the various organizations and prepare reports, updates, and compile official HHS Recovery Act material.

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