for integrating data and gaps in information. Develop a plan for moving forward on highest priority topics.


Develop or review the national strategy on the HHS and health workforce (Chapter 5).

Assess problems in numbers, geographic location, specialty mix, and diversity of health professionals and researchers, including the performance of health professions training programs in resolving these imbalances. Within the department, make it easier for private-sector experts to spend time in HHS and for HHS senior staff to gain private-sector experience and other means to maintain the vigor of the department’s senior workforce.


Simplify operations (Chapter 6).

Examine HHS programs from the perspective of individuals who use them—health care providers, state and local health departments, researchers, patients and families, manufacturers and distributors of regulated products, and so on.


Prepare first “Health of the Nation” report (Chapter 6).

This year and thereafter, a concise report to Congress provides an opportunity to talk about progress toward the vision for the nation’s health, resolving key health challenges and barriers to further improvements.


Steps Toward Continuity: Throughout The Secretary’s Tenure



Continuously insist on alignment (Chapters 2 and 3).

The tendency will be for programs to fall out of alignment.


Maintain policy and operational decision-making processes throughout all programs (Chapter 3).

Clear consistent decision-making processes will be required throughout the secretary’s tenure so that decisions are responsive, timely, and contribute to the department’s accountability for results.

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