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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Organizational Overview

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response  was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.  ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.


Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development and purchase of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies. 
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Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for developing operational plans, analytical products, and training exercises to ensure the preparedness of the Office, the Department, the Federal Government and the public to respond to and recover from domestic and international public health and medical threats and emergencies.
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Office of Acquisition Management, Contracts & Grants

The Office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts and Grants (AMCG) provides ASPR with acquisition support to prepare and respond to the adverse health emergencies and disasters and provides contractual support to ASPR.
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Office of Policy & Planning

The Office of Policy and Planning (OPP) advises HHS and ASPR leadership through  policy options and  strategic planning initiatives to support domestic and international public health emergency preparedness and response activities. 
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Office of Financial Planning and Analysis

The Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA) is responsible for providing expertise and analysis in the formulation and implementation of policies, procedures, and operational strategies that ensure efficient and effective allocation and utilization of program resources in support of ASPR’s mission.  
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Office of the Chief Operating Officer

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for ensuring effective stakeholder communication and administrative management. As the focal point for external communications, the Office of the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for ensuring the effective management of public affairs, online governance, and strategic partnerships.   
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  • This page last reviewed: June 08, 2015