The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports developing and
implementing the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, Headquarters Divisions, and Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel, and each of the ten Regional Offices is led by a Chief Counsel. This position is located in Region VII (Kansas City, Missouri). Region VII provides litigation services, programmatic advice, and training on a wide range of legal issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, employment and personnel, civil rights, bankruptcy, HIPAA, Head Start, and requests for information. While attorneys in Region VII may provide legal services to any agency within HHS; most work involves the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office for Civil Rights. OGC-Region VII covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.