Non-HHS Agencies and Programs


Non-HHS Agencies/Programs in which Commissioned Corps officers serve

District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services (CMHS—formerly St. Elizabeth's Hospital)
CMHS works toward establishing a community-based system of care for individuals in Washington, DC, who experience mental health problems.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA implements the Federal laws designed to promote public health by protecting our Nation's air, water, and soil from harmful pollution through proper integration of a variety of research, monitoring, standard-setting, and enforcement activities. EPA coordinates and supports research and anti-pollution activities of State and local governments, private and public groups, individuals, and educational institutions. EPA also monitors the impact of other Federal agencies on the environment.

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Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
The mission of BOP, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice, is to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens. Commissioned Corps officers work for the Health Services Division and provide and manage a variety of physical and mental health care services.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOAA, under the auspices of the Department of Commerce, is one of the seven uniformed services, and is responsible for conducting research and gathering data about the global oceans, atmosphere, and space. NOAA predicts changes in the earth's environment, forecasts weather patterns, and warns of dangerous weather; charts the seas and skies; and guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources. Commissioned Corps officers provide health care services to NOAA commissioned officers, NOAA Wage Marine personnel, and certain retirees and their dependents.

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National Park Service (NPS)
National Park Service (NPS) NPS was established to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. It administers more than 378 national parks, monuments, historic sites, and other areas covering almost 80 million acres. Commissioned Corps officers (primarily environmental health officers and engineers) provide consultative services to the NPS.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) The USDA enhances the quality of life for Americans by ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agriculture, forest, and rangelands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world. Commissioned Corps officers work within the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and help the USDA respond to foodborne disease outbreaks, investigate food security threats, and develop measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
The mission of the DoD is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the Nation. This is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of the defense agencies and military services. Commissioned Corps officers are detailed to DoD facilities to support a range of medical and mental health services, as well as administrative functions.

  1. TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) has limited opportunities. If interested please contact:
    Division of Commissioned Corps Recruitment Call Center 800–279–1605
  2. Behavioral Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative has many opportunities throughout the United States. If interested please contact:
    CDR Christopher Dunbar: christopher.dunbar@hhs.gov or 240-453-6045.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Established in 2002, DHS is charged with mobilizing and organizing a unified national effort to secure America against terrorist attacks and to protect against and respond to threats and hazards to our Nation. In carrying out this mission, DHS works to ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free flow of commerce. Commissioned Corps officers work throughout DHS agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Customs and Border Protection, to help ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all persons on American soil.

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U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
USMS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), protects the Federal courts and ensures the effective operation of the judicial system; including the security, health, and safety of government witnesses and their immediate dependents and housing and transporting prisoners in Federal custody until they are either acquitted or delivered to their designated Federal prison. Commissioned Corps officers work in four USMS program areas as:

  • Flight nurses aboard the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) aircraft
  • Coordinators of the JPATS movement of prisoners with health problems
  • Managers of prisoner health care issues in the Office of Interagency Medical Services
  • Providers of medical support to the USMS Special Operations Group, an elite group of highly trained Deputy U.S. Marshals who respond as teams to national emergencies and perform special law enforcement missions.

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