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HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a Healthier America
biostatisticians, and epidemiologists. The difficulty of attracting young people to these vital fields begins at the earliest grade levels, with poor math and science skills, and extends throughout the education pipeline.
The secretary should place a high priority on developing a strategy and tools for workforce improvement (1) in HHS, (2) in the public health and healthcare professions nationwide, and (3) in the biosciences.
The secretary should immediately strengthenworkforce planning in the department and develop acomprehensive strategy to recruit highlyqualifiedpublic- and private-sector individuals inorder to offset the large number of experiencedstaff expected to retire soon.
Congress should authorize the department, in cooperation with the Office of Personnel Management, to assemble a package of current andinnovative programs and benefits designed toencourage talented, experienced individuals to transition back and forth between government andprivate-sector service, thereby identifying ways toleverage the best of both.
Congress should provide the secretary with additional authority toreward performance, innovation, and the achievement of results, throughbonuses, merit-based pay, recognition awards, orother mechanisms of proven effectiveness.
The secretary, in concert with other public andprivate partners, shoulddevelop a comprehensivenational strategy to assess and address current andprojected gapsin the number, professional mix,geographic distribution, and diversity of the U.S.public health and health care workforces.
To help close projected gaps, the departmentshould evaluate existinghealth care professionaltraining programs, continued education programs, and graduate medical education funding