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Biography: Virginia Simmons

Chief Grants Management Officer
Office of the Assistants Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Virginia Simmons is the Chief Grants Management Officer for the Office of Acquisition Management, Contracts and Grants (AMCG). She is the principle point of contact for ASPR grants and cooperative agreements. Virginia has Delegation of unlimited signature authority for ASPR financial assistance awards. She has over 20 years of Federal experience and serves on several Agency-wide committees such as the Executive Committee on Grants Administration Policy (ECGAP) and the Office of Grants System Management /Center of Excellence to: streamline the grants process; shape grant policy; increase transparency of Federal spending to the public and address crosscutting issues impacting the HHS grant community.

Prior to joining ASPR, Virginia served as the Branch Chief for Community Services and Mandatory Grants Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2011 to 2015. She was delegated unlimited signature authority over SAMHSA’s mandatory and discretionary grants. Virginia awarded billions of dollars in Federal funding to over 900 grant awards annually across the following programs: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment; Drug Free Communities, Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP ACT) and Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness.

Virginia served as Senior Grants Policy Specialist for the Administration of Children and Families from 2008 to 2011; in this capacity she was awarded the HHS Secretary’s Commendation by Kathleen Sebelius in recognition of her contributions towards establishing a new Grants Management Office for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Virginia assisted ONC in awarding $80 Billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through the Health Information Technology (HIT) program.

Virginia holds a MPA in Public Administration from Troy University and BS in Health Services Management from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

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  • This page last reviewed: March 02, 2017