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.

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EPPC Scholar Files Supreme Court Brief Supporting Challenge to Lack of Religious Exemptions in New…

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison filed a motion and proposed Supreme Court amici brief in support of an emergency application challenging New York’s vaccine mandate.

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Publications / November 16, 2021

When Are Religious Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Required?

Rachel N. Morrison

Maine’s flat denial of religious accommodations for employees who object to receiving COVID-19 vaccines is not only unusual, it is unlawful.

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National Review Online / November 10, 2021

Twelve States Stand up to Becerra’s Efforts to Fund Planned Parenthood Under Title X

Rachel N. Morrison

A group of twelve states led by Ohio has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Secretary Xavier Becerra over new Title X regulations that would take family-planning money away from the states and give it to America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

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National Review Online / November 9, 2021

EPPC Scholar Letter on “Grave Religious Liberty and Fairness Interests at Stake” in Bill to…

Roger Severino

EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Severino submitted a letter for the official record at the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee of House Committee on Education and Labor, for its hearing “A Call to Action: Modernizing the Community Services Block Grant.” The letter addresses the “grave religious liberty and fairness interests at stake” in a proposal to reauthorize the CSBG program.

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EPPC Scholar Comment for Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Meeting

Rachel N. Morrison

EPPC Policy Analyst Rachel N. Morrison submitted a public comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, urging the committee “to consider ways to incentivize, procure, and require production of vaccines that do not have connections to aborted fetal cell lines so that everyone in the U.S. that desires a vaccine to prevent serious disease in themselves and others can receive one without violating their conscience or religious beliefs.”

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The FDA Shouldn’t Cut Corners on Child Vax Safety

David Gortler

An advisory panel adopts a highly casual attitude toward approving a vaccine whose effects on children are unclear.

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National Review Online / October 29, 2021

In OSHA We Trust?

Roger Severino

The administration is exploiting a little-used OSHA ‘emergency’ standard to do its dirty work of coercing millions of Americans to get vaxxed.

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National Review Online / October 28, 2021