HHS Accountability Project

EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project, directed by Rachel N. Morrison, 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 Fellow Eric Kniffin and Policy Analyst Natalie Dodson also serve in the HHS Accountability Project.


Engagement on Agency Actions

To shape policy, EPPC monitors and engages with federal agency actions. EPPC primarily engages in the rulemaking process by submitting written public comments and requesting meetings with government officials to provide input and specific suggested changes or improvements the agency must consider for its rulemaking. EPPC scholars also educate other organizations and individuals on how to effectively engage in the regulatory process and provide legal and policy expertise on various agency actions.

Amicus Briefs

EPPC and our scholars regularly file amicus briefs in key cases to promote a true and full account of human nature and human flourishing in the context of American constitutional law. Compiled on this page are some of our amicus briefs in cases addressing the right to life, marriage, gender ideology, religious freedom, free speech, and the rule of law. 

How to File a
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How to Submit a Public Comment on Agency Rulemaking

How to Request a Meeting with Government Officials on Agency Rulemaking

Program Publications

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EPPC Scholar Meets with Government Officials to Voice Religious Freedom Concerns with National Apprenticeship Rule

Natalie Dodson

On Thursday, July 18, 2024, EPPC scholar Natalie Dodson met with government officials in the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to…

Articles

PDF / July 19, 2024

EPPC Scholar Responds to Expansive NIH “Sexual and Gender Minority Health” Research Agenda

Natalie Dodson

On July 15, 2024, EPPC policy analyst Natalie Dodson submitted a response to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request…

Articles

PDF / July 18, 2024

EPPC Scholar Files Fourth Circuit Brief Supporting Employee’s Religious Accommodation Rights

Rachel N. Morrison

On June 19, 2024, EPPC scholar Rachel N. Morrison filed an amicus brief in Barnett v. Inova Health Care Services, urging the Fourth…

Articles

PDF / July 18, 2024

DOJ’s Significant Concessions in Idaho Abortion Case Are a Façade

Rachel N. Morrison

Let’s hope the Ninth Circuit sees through the Biden administration’s façade.

Articles

National Review Online / July 17, 2024

SCOTUS DIGs Idaho Abortion Cases

Rachel N. Morrison

The Justices wrote four separate opinions elaborating on their votes.

Articles

The Federalist Society / July 10, 2024

EPPC Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court to Require Public Input on Agency Rulemaking

Eric Kniffin

On June 14, 2024, EPPC filed an amicus brief in Chestek v. Vidal, urging the Supreme Court to hear a case involving whether the…

Articles

PDF / June 29, 2024

Biden’s Justice Department Puts Incarcerated Women at Risk

Eric Kniffin

The Biden administration’s obsession with transgender rights is eroding other civil rights, including those of the incarcerated.

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Newsweek / June 26, 2024