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Cpo forum

CPO Forum

02 May 2006

Denver, Colorado

Hsos are
HSOs Are

  • The 4th largest category (829)

  • The most diverse category

  • The future of the Corps!

Strength Through Diversity!

Who we are hsos by rank
Who We AreHSOs By Rank


Who we are hsos by subcategory n 829 as of 10 apr 2006
Who We AreHSOs By Subcategory (N=829 as of 10 APR 2006 )

Who we are hso clinical disciplines
Who We AreHSO Clinical Disciplines

Who we are hso administrative disciplines
Who We AreHSO Administrative Disciplines

Who we are hso bas disciplines
Who We AreHSO BAS Disciplines

Where we work agencies with 15 hsos
Where We WorkAgencies With >15 HSOs






PSC=14, SAMHSA=14, EPA=12, ATSDR=9, USDA=7, Interior=3, CIA=1, DoD=1

Where we work states with 30 hsos
Where We WorkStates With >30 HSOs*

29% of HSOs work in MD or DC

How We Have GrownNew HSOs by Year of Entry

10 APR



  • November 7, 2005 – Decision-making meeting with Department leadership

  • December 5, 2005 – Announcement of decisions and follow-on Implementation Planning Work Groups

  • January 18, 2006 - Secretary’s Roll-out

  • February 2006 – Congressional Request for increase in FY ’07 Transformation budget

  • February 2006 – White House Katrina Report

  • March 8, 2006 – Work Group reports completed

Where Are We So Far? - Timeline

Transformation work groups

Transformation Work Groups

  • Classification and Positions

    Chair – CAPT Patricia Simone

  • Sizing the Corps

    Chair – RADM Sam Shekar

  • Recruitment, Training, Career Development Chair - CAPT Kerry Nesseler

  • Assignments

    Chair – RADM Eric Broderick

  • Readiness

    Chair – RADM John Babb

Transformation Work Groups

  • Work Groups met weekly from Jan 5 – Feb 28, 2006

  • HHS agencies with COs invited to designate a member to serve on each work group. Members also represented BOP, and Coast Guard

  • Each group also had representatives from OCCFM, OSG/OCCO, and JOAG and staff support from the Lewin Group

  • Participation included about 100 officers

  • Categories (CPOs and PACs) were not directly included in this process

  • A coordinating group composed of group chairs and senior leaders also met weekly


DECISION: Officers should be grouped based on a matrix of professional category and functional group (i.e., Clinical, Applied Public Health, Mental Health, and Research)

DECISION: Billets should facilitate force management with descriptions unique for each position, but containing both general and position-specific information; billet development and approval should be managed centrally


DECISION: The size of the Corps should be 6,600; positions should be allocated across agencies taking that into account

Recruitment and Training

DECISION: All avenues should be used including central recruitment

DECISION: A 2-week BOTC should be required of all new officers; training should be shared by agency and Corps throughout officer’s career


DECISION: A central Corps assignment system should assist agencies

DECISION: Positions should be designated as either Corps, civilian, or mixed

DECISION: A variety of incentives should be used to fill 3H (hardship, hazardous, hard-to-fill) positions


DECISION: Implement a 4-tiered response capability, exempt mission critical officers

  • Designate Secretary as the activation decision-maker

  • Per Katrina Report – Create 315 member Health and Medical Response (HAMR) team

    • Will draw upon new Corps hires

    • $36 million from central funds

    • Proposed for 2007 Hurricane season


  • Tier One

    • 5 Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) Teams of 105 officers will train and deploy as a unit, within 200 miles of:

      • Washington, DC – PHS-1 and PHS-2

      • Atlanta & Raleigh/Durham – PHS-3

      • Dallas & Oklahoma City – PHS-4

      • Phoenix & Albuquerque – PHS-5

    • 10 Secretary’s Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) of 30; centered in each PHS Regional Office

    • Report to point of departure within 12 hours of notification


  • Tier Two

    • Geographically dispersed

    • 5 Applied Public Health Teams (APHTs)

      • 47 officers per team

      • “A public health department in a box”

    • 5 Mental Health Teams (MHTs)

      • 26 officers per team

      • Provide mental health/behavioral health services

    • Report to point of departure within 36 hours of notification


  • Tier Three

    • All other active duty officers

    • Report to point of departure within 72 hours of notification

    • Deploy to augment Tier 1 or Tier 2 teams or to provide specific requested skills

  • Tier Four

    • Officers in the Inactive Reserve Corps


  • All officers will be placed in Tiers 1, 2, or 3

  • All officers will be on call every 5th month in a rotating schedule

  • Mission critical officers will only deploy in extreme events

  • OFRD has asked all officers to go the OFRD website and fill out a brief questionnaire related to Tier, roles, experience & training

    • Applications will be reviewed by Team Leaders

    • OFRD will contact supervisor and agency prior to Tier 1 or 2 placement


  • ORC Macro under contract with HHS to do PR for PHS

    • Print media

    • Commercials

    • Other promotional material

  • Request officers to complete an officer bio

  • Request a small number of officers for focus groups

  • Request officers to participate in a videotaped interview