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Is DHHS state or federal?

If you are not sure, go to State Department web page for State Department Web Applications for the United States (SUG).

Who are DHHS inspectors? How are inspections performed? DHHS inspects facilities when facilities are not in compliance with the health standards promulgated in the National Environmental Policy Act. Inspections are conducted by the Department as part of normal inspection functions and the requirements of the National Response System and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Inspections are also conducted for various purposes by DHHS environmental inspectors. Each State is allocated a percentage of State program funds that goes towards inspections. At the end of each fiscal year, approximately 1/3 of the allotted funds are expended per State. For FY 2013, $1 million has been allocated to each State.

Is DHHS health inspection a voluntary program? No, DHHS is an active, mandated agency under section 106 of the Clean Water Act.

Is DHHS a state or federally funded agency? DHHS is a federal agency and was established by the U.S. Congress on April 8, 1973. DHHS is not yet a state or federally funded agency.

What types of violations can DHHS investigate? DHHS investigates violations of the Clean Water Act and other regulations issued under the Act, with the goal of achieving compliance with its regulations. An investigation is a collaborative effort between the Federal Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Civil Rights, the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the EPA, and State health and environmental departments. As part of each investigation, the individual will submit an “initial” complaint form to DHHS, and an “examination” report is required. The initial complaint form provides the information necessary, including names, addresses, times and locations of violations, and other necessary personal data. DHHS will inspect the facility and perform a “physical” inspection. The physical inspection occurs at the hospital where the violation occurred, or a facility where an inspection has been conducted as part of a formal inspection. The physical inspection generally includes a thorough inspection of the entire facility, to include internal space as well as external areas where the person is employed, confined, or is otherwise present. The physical inspection typically is followed by, but may not be limited to, a “detailed” or “interrogatory” investigation. The individual will provide written or verbal descriptions or other information pertinent to the investigation to DHHS, and DHHS will consider the descriptions and information as well as other appropriate information to determine possible enforcement actions.

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