Federal health agencies, like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, must maintain large congressional liaison offices.

Below is a listing of congressional liaison offices of federal health agencies, including CMS, FDA, CDC, AHRQ, and NIH, as well as shops like OMB and CBO that have considerable impact on health care programs.

The primary duties of these important offices include:

  • Monitor and influence legislation affecting the agency or its programs
  • Coordinate agency responses to congressional inquiries, oversight investigations, or correspondence
  • Help congressional offices answer questions from constituents
  • Help prepare agency testimony before House and Senate committees
  • Help prepare of speeches by agency leadership
  • Prepare and arrange briefings for members of Congress and congressional staff
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Maria Martino
Director of Congressional Affairs
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Humphrey Building, Room 314 G
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: (202) 690-8220
Fax: (202) 690-8168
www.cms.hhs.gov

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Jeanne Ireland
Assistant Commissioner for Legislation
Food and Drug Administration
Building 32, Room 2346
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Tel: (301) 796-8900
Fax: (301) 847-8602
www.fda.gov

HHS Office of Assistant Secretary for Legislation

James R. Esquea
Assistant Secretary for Legislation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert Humphrey Building, Room 416 G
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Congressional Liaison: (202) 690-6786
Human Services: (202) 690-6311
Health Issues: (202) 690-7450
Grants: (202) 690-7094
Fax: (202) 690-7380
www.hhs.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Edward Hunter
Associate Director, Washington Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
395 E Street, SW, Suite 9100
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: (202) 245-0600
Fax: (202) 245-0602
www.cdc.gov

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Boyce Ginieczki
Senior Advisor / Congressional and Public Liaison
Office of the Director
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
John M. Eisenberg Building
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: (301) 427-1214
Fax: (301) 427-1201
www.ahrq.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Leslie Atkinson
Director, Office of Legislation
Health Resources and Services Administration
Parklawn Building, 14C-17
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Tel: (301) 443-1890
Fax: (301) 443-9270
www.hrsa.gov

Indian Health Service (IHS)

Michael Mahsetky
Director of Legislative Affairs
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: (301) 443-7261
Fax: (301) 480-3192
www.ihs.gov

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Francis Patrick “Pat” White
Associate Director
Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Building One, Room 244
Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel:(301) 496-3471
Fax: (301) 496-0840
www.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Brian Altman
Director, Division of Legislation and External Affairs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 8-1053
Rockville, MD 20857
Tel: (240) 276-2009
Fax: (240) 276-2010
www.samhsa.gov

Administration on Aging (AoA)

Carol Crecy
Director of Communication and Consumer Services
Administration on Aging
1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 357-3505
Fax: (202) 357-3555
www.aoa.gov

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Mary Cohen
Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs
Administration for Children and Families
370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Tel: (202) 401-9223
Fax: (202) 401-4562
www.acf.hhs.gov

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Edward “Sandy” Davis
Associate Director for Legislative Affairs
Congressional Budget Office
Ford House Office Building
Second and D Streets, SW, Room 402
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 226-2700
Publications: (202) 226-2809
Fax: (202) 225-7509
E-mail: sandyd@cbo.gov
www.cbo.gov

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Katherine “Kate” Siggerud
Managing Director
Office of Congressional Relations
Government Accountability Office
|441 G Street, NW, Room 7125
Washington, DC 20548
Tel: (202) 512-4400
Publications: (202) 512-6000
Fax: (202) 512-7919
www.gao.gov

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Kristen Sarri
Associate Director for Legislative Affairs
Office of Management and Budget
Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 251
1650 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20503
Tel: (202) 395-4790
Fax: (202) 395-3729
www.whitehouse.gov/omb

In Congressional Liaison Offices of Selected Federal Agencies, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) includes most of these and many other contacts for some 200 Capitol Hill liaison offices in executive, legislative, and judicial branch agencies and various independent agencies, boards, and commissions.

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Kip Piper is a Medicare, Medicaid, and health reform consultant, speaker, and author.  A senior consultant with Sellers Dorsey and Fleishman-Hillard, Kip advises health plans, health systems, states, drug and device manufacturers, and investment firms throughout the U.S.  For more, visit KipPiper.com.  Follow on Twitter at @KipPiper and connect with Kip on LinkedIn.