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Executive Summary

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Photo Courtesy of CDC Connects, James Gathany, Photographer

Our Year

The 2013 Annual Report marks the second year of the interactive format. Improving the accessibility of data to the public and providing viewers with tools to customize information in order to see changes in spending and trends remains a high priority for HHS. In addition to the interactive U.S. maps and graphs that were introduced in the 2012 Annual Report, Regional and International maps have been added in 2013, which provide the public an open and transparent view of how HHS tracks and accounts for grant spending in foreign countries.

Grant Highlights

In FY 2013, the 6 states receiving the most HHS grant funds were California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan.

  • HHS awarded approximately $345 billion in grants.
  • 86% of HHS’ grant funds for FY 2013 were allocated to entitlement (block, closed-ended and open-ended) grants.
  • Universities and colleges represented 33 of the top 50 HHS discretionary grant recipients in FY 2013.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) awarded over 74% of all HHS grant dollars in FY 2013.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded 67% of all HHS awards in FY 2013.

Funding Highlights

HHS awards $2.8 million to transition veterans’ skills into nursing careers - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $2.8 million to help veterans advance in nursing careers by building on their combat medical skills and experience and awarding academic credit for prior military training and experience. Over four years, these grants will enable more than 1,000 veterans to obtain baccalaureate nursing degrees. Nine institutions were awarded funding under the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Award recipients recruit veterans and prepare VBSN undergraduates for practice and employment in local communities, and also develop career ladders that include academic and social supports, career counseling, mentors and linkages with veteran service organizations and community health systems.

HHS announces expansion of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $69.7 million in grant awards to 13 states to expand Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program activities funded by the Affordable Care Act. These competitive awards recognize states that have implemented a high-quality, evidence-based home visiting program as part of a comprehensive, early childhood system of care. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the MIECHV Program provides grants to states to deliver critical health, development, early learning and family support services to children and families who enroll in the program.

Six states awarded supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants - Departments of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. The total award amount for these supplemental grants is $89,213,863.

HHS awards $32 million in grants to sign up children for health coverage - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $32 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and non-profit groups in 22 states; two grantees are multistate organizations.

HUD and HHS partner to provide permanent housing and services to low-income people with disabilities - To prevent thousands of people with disabilities from experiencing homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $98 million in funding for 13 state housing agencies for rental assistance to extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom are transitioning out of institutional settings or are at high risk of homelessness.

2013 Grant Awards and Award Dollars

Total Grant Awards by HHS Agencies
OPDIV Awards % Awards Dollars
% Dollars
ACF 7,438 9.51 $47,518.42 13.77
ACL 1,744 2.23 $1,546.57 0.45
AHRQ 500 0.82 $163.43 0.05
CDC 3,706 5.33 $4,996.59 1.43
CMS/CCIIO 1,635 2.06 $257,387.56 74.58
FDA 332 0.57 $87.39 0.03
HRSA 5,864 7.39 $6,880.53 1.99
IHS 947 1.25 $2,243.59 0.65
NIH 50,479 66.57 $20,885.59 6.05
SAMHSA 2,872 3.62 $3,036.64 0.88
OS/ASPE 3 0.00 $2.90 0.00
OS/ASPR 31 0.05 $29.07 0.00
OS/OASH 465 0.56 $400.49 0.13
OS/OGA 6 0.01 $1.29 0.00
OS/ONC 3 0.09 $0.58 0.00
Total 76,038 100.00 $345,122.70 100.00

Note: ATSDR awards do not appear separately in the above table; they are grouped under CDC. HHS OPDIVs and STAFFDIVs that do not issue grants are omitted from the table.

Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS)

The Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS) is a robust reporting tool developed by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability (OGAPA) in 1995. The TAGGS database is a central repository for grants awarded by the HHS Operating Divisions (OPDIVs), and the Office of the Secretary Staff Divisions (STAFFDIVs). In addition to award data that is submitted twice a week by the OPDIVs, TAGGS also receives recipients’ demographic information, payment data from the Payment Management System (PMS), and the grant program description information from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) website.

HHS remains committed to increasing transparency of Federal funds and to show the public where and how their money is spent. Through the TAGGS public website (taggs.hhs.gov) HHS staff, congressional offices, other executive agencies, potential and current grant recipients, and other interested parties access the site for a variety of informational purposes. Commonly searched data fields include: Congressional District, program name, recipient name, recipient location, awarding OPDIV, transaction amount and fiscal year.

The annual report data reflects award transactions made during Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, and may not exactly correspond to the HHS FY 2013 budget and accounting records based on the following assumptions:

  1. Award data may include de-obligations of prior years in addition to current year funds;
  2. Costs of personnel in lieu of cash are recorded as personnel costs in accounting records;
  3. and
  4. Joint agency programs are only recorded if they originated at HHS.

The dollar amounts set forth in this report for each OPDIV may also differ from the amounts shown in each OPDIV’s Budget Request. Percentages used throughout the report may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding and other minor adjustments.

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