Eric D. Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS is dedicated to promote and enhance the health and well-being of the American people and as the largest department in the federal government has an annual budget in excess of 1.3 Trillion dollars and over 80,000 employees across 26 divisions. As Deputy Secretary, he is the Chief Operating Officer is a responsible for day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development.
Mr. Hargan was sworn into office as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on October. 6, 2017. He immediately served as Acting Secretary of HHS from October 2017 to January 2018.
From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hargan served at HHS in a variety of capacities, ultimately holding the position of Acting Deputy Secretary. During his tenure at HHS, Mr. Hargan also served as the Department’s Regulatory Policy Officer, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS, CMS, and FDA regulations and significant guidances.
Hargan hails from Mounds, Illinois (population 800) where his mother worked at rural hospital for 58 years. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. In between his tours of duty at HHS Mr. Hargan taught at Loyola Law School in Chicago, focusing on administrative law and healthcare regulations.
Mr. Hargan lives in Virginia with his wife and their two sons.