DHS Office of Health Affairs

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DHS Office of Health Affairs
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Agency overview
Formed 2003
Jurisdiction United States
Headquarters DHS Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington D.C.
Employees 101 (2012)
Annual budget $0.2 billion (2012)
Agency executive J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP, Assistant Secretary (acting)
Parent agency Department of Homeland Security
Website DHS Office of Health Affairs

The Office of Health Affairs (OHA) is a component within the United States Department of Homeland Security. OHA provides health and medical expertise in support of the Department's mission to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards impacting the Nation’s health security.

The Office of Health Affairs is led by the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs, who is appointed by the President of the United States with confirmation by the United States Senate. The current Assistant Secretary (acting) is Dr. J.D. Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP

Leadership[edit]

The Office of Health Affairs is led by an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs, who is the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Assistant Secretary serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security on medical and public health issues. OHA leads the Department’s workforce health protection and medical support activities. OHA also leads and coordinates the Department’s biological and chemical defense programs and provides medical and scientific expertise to support DHS preparedness and response efforts.

Budget[edit]

DHS Health Affairs Budget, FY11-13 ($ in thousands) [1]
Line Item FY11 Actual FY12 Actual FY13 Request
Salaries and Expenses 26,999 29,671 27,757
BioWatch 100,780 114,164 125,294
National Biosurvelliance Integration Center 7,000 12,013 8,000
Planning and Coordination 2,276 6,162 4,907
Chemical Defense Program 2,400 5,439 500
Total Budget 139,455 167,449 166,458

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Budget in Brief, DHS, pg 141". Department of Homeland Security. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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