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2013 Health / Health and Human Services Department

Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary

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July 16, 2013

Since 2009, Corr's responsibility has been to coordinate the jobs of the 10 agencies under the Health and Human Services umbrella—from the Food and Drug Administration to the Indian Health Service. He ensures they work together on the department's overarching initiatives: implementing the Affordable Care Act, conducting biomedical research, controlling pandemic scares, and decreasing tobacco use, to name a few. Corr, 64, knows these issues through four decades of working for Congress and HHS. During the Clinton administration, he spent five years as the agency's deputy assistant secretary for health and its chief of staff, before becoming then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's chief counsel and policy director. Earlier, Corr worked in Congress through the 1980s and early '90s on business regulations, gun control, nutrition labeling, and prescription-drug regulations. During the George W. Bush administration, Corr was executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, experience that will be key to his next four years on the job. The department's "tobacco strategic plan" pulls together the FDA (new regulations), the National Institutes of Health (research), and the Office of the Surgeon General (public awareness), among others. "Health care problems and human-service problems cut across our agencies," Corr says. He grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate before earning a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

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