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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SNS Organization

With more than 230 civil servants, U.S. Public Health Service officers, and contractors, the Strategic National Stockpile is organized to support any public health threat. Stockpile staff represent a variety of specialties, including pharmacy, clinical care, emergency management, medical logistics and operations, quality control, public health, procurement and financial management, information technology, strategic planning, training, policy and communications. All work together to ensure the right resources are ready and can get to the right place at the right time.

This hierarchacal diagram shows the Office of the Director at the top of the diagram and the offices described below under the office of the director.

Office of the Director

  • Facilitates the work of the branches
  • Provides strategic leadership and sets priorities
  • Develops and maintains high level relations both in the interagency and outside government to support the mission

Acquisition Branch

The Acquisition Branch develops and executes acquisition requirements for all SNS assets and capabilities.

Information and Planning Branch

The Information and Planning Branch coordinates preparedness activities for the stockpile and its partners to maintain alternative emergency medical supply chain capabilities. This branch:

  • Operates SNS Operations Center during both preparedness and response
  • Maintains day-to-day situational awareness, ensuring the stockpile is ready to respond
  • Coordinates with the larger ASPR response during an operation
  • Manages the stockpile’s response activities during a public health emergency
  • Develops and delivers learning products to the division and its partners
  • Validates plans and learning and adjusts/develops new and improved plans based on validation data

Learn more about the history of stockpile responses.

Management and Business Operations Branch

The Management and Business Operations Branch provides operational support. This branch:

  • Delivers all business services to the division
  • Formulates the multi-year budget, manages allocated funds and conducts cost and other analyses
  • Manages quality control of the stockpile’s inventory and IT support of inventory management systems
  • Coordinates all division-level legislative, policy, communications and external reporting activities on behalf of the division

Operational Logistics Branch

The Operational Logistics Branch is responsible for the stockpile’s inventory of antibiotics, medical supplies, equipment, antidotes, antitoxins, antivirals, vaccines, and other pharmaceuticals that are strategically located throughout the United States and its territories. This branch:

  • Acquires, manages, maintains and deploys all SNS assets
  • Conducts logistics planning
  • Coordinates requirements with other federal agencies
  • Acts as a regular liaison with supply chain partners

Science Branch

The Science Branch manages the medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific oversight of stockpile products. This branch:

  • Provides medical, pharmaceutical and scientific oversight of the SNS formulary
  • Advises the division and partners on the formulary storage and use
  • Serves as the primary coordination point for the PHEMCE requirements process, which helps plan which resources the stockpile will need to protect the nation’s health
  • Ensures the scientific review of all medical assets in the stockpile
  • Serves as subject matter experts on critical medicines and medical supplies (medical countermeasures) necessary in a public health emergency

Strategic Logistics Branch

The Strategic Logistics staff builds relationships between public health and other federal agencies and private partners. This branch:

  • Leads special projects and SNS Director’s initiatives
  • Creates, tests and evaluates new program activities
  • Supports Global Health Security Initiative
  • Coordinates information sharing with states and locals during public health emergencies to determine the most efficient way to approach a response.
  • Works with partners inside and outside of government to support optimal distribution of medical countermeasures during public health emergencies.
  • Serves as a point of contact for federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and commercial partners for stockpile initiatives

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  • This page last reviewed: May 12, 2021