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CPO Forum. 02 May 2006 Denver, Colorado. HSOs Are. The 4 th largest category (829) The most diverse category The future of the Corps!. Strength Through Diversity!. Who We Are HSOs By Rank. 2004. Who We Are HSOs By Subcategory (N=829 as of 10 APR 2006 ).

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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!

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



  • 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