HHS Accountability Project

EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project is dedicated to monitoring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and holding it accountable to its mission: furthering the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS is the largest federal agency by budget, and its programs and activities directly touch more lives than any other government bureaucracy. But the proper pursuit of its mission depends on an authentic understanding of the human person and a sound understanding of the legal protections to which Americans are entitled. The HHS Accountability Project’s goals include:

  • Ensuring human beings are recognized as worthy of protection from conception until natural death regardless of disability, age, or circumstances of birth.
  • Ensuring abortion and assisted suicide are never accepted or recognized as health care.
  • Preventing ideology from distorting science on questions of human identity and human flourishing.
  • Respecting conscience and religious freedom of health and human services providers and beneficiaries alike.

EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Severino directs the HHS Accountability Project. Mr. Severino is a national authority on civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, the administrative state, and information privacy, particularly as applied to health-care law and policy.

Before joining EPPC, Mr. Severino was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led a team of over 250 staff enforcing our nation’s civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, and health information privacy laws. He served from 2017 to 2020 and was the longest serving OCR Director in the past three decades.

EPPC Fellow David Gortler and EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison also serve in the HHS Accountability Project.

Program Publications

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Who Has Been Politicizing the HHS Office for Civil Rights?

Roger Severino

Under HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, and under the day-to-day direction of a political appointee, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has lost its way and is being politicized beyond all recognition.

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National Review Online / September 18, 2021

DOJ Swings Back at Texas, and Whiffs

Roger Severino

The Department of Justice’s lawsuit challenging the Texas Heartbeat Act is so riddled with holes that it will likely lose at the Supreme Court just as Planned Parenthood’s suit did.

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Newsweek / September 16, 2021

White House Mandates Pfizer Vaccines for Millions of Citizens … Before the FDA Clinical or…

David Gortler

Americans are entitled to make informed decisions, and the FDA should disclose its safety and efficacy reviews of Covid-19 vaccines for all to see.

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Forbes / September 15, 2021

Texas’s Absolutely Genius Victory for Life

Roger Severino

The genius of the Texas Heartbeat Act was applying existing legal concepts and frameworks to neutralize the abortion industry’s most potent weapon, the pre-enforcement challenge.

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National Review Online / September 3, 2021

How the FDA’s Lack of Transparency Undermines Public Trust

David Gortler

As the arbiters of drug safety and efficacy, we all entrust the FDA to conduct comprehensive reviews of data. In turn, the FDA ought to embrace the public’s legitimate concern and welcome scientific discussion regarding its decisions.

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Forbes / August 24, 2021

Becerra and Biden Betray Medical Professionals Being Forced to Assist in Abortions

Roger Severino

We now know, if there was ever any doubt, that Biden and Becerra’s first loyalty is not to their proclaimed Catholic faith or to the law, but to abortion, abortion, and more abortion.

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National Review Online / August 3, 2021

How Biden’s COVID-Testing Mandate Violates Civil Rights

Roger Severino

President Biden announced that all federal workers who do not get vaccinated for COVID-19 will face a series of burdens and intrusions designed to raise the costs of not submitting to the shot(s). This is a threat to civil liberties that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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National Review Online / July 31, 2021