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Jen Moughalian

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources

Jennifer "Jen" Moughalian is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR). She came into this role, first as Acting Assistant Secretary, in March 2017. Moughalian previously worked as a consultant, advising clients on health insurance marketplaces and health system strategy, and as a Medicare examiner at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

HOW THEIR ROLE AFFECTS ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

In her position, Moughalian is responsible for the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) grants management. This includes managing funds directed toward the department’s programs related to the influx of children being detained by HHS because of the Trump Administration’s manufactured child separation crisis, as well as programs constituted by grants such as the Title X family planning program. As evidenced by the changes to Title X grant guidelines made each year by Trump’s HHS — which have created more room for anti-abortion, anti-birth control organizations to seek funding from the already under-resourced family planning program — the agency appears determined to undermine what remains the only federal family planning program by attacking its very essence.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT OF NOTE

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, 2012 – 2017

Director, MBA Career Center, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, 2009 – 2012

Management Consultant, The Chartis Group, “one of the largest healthcare consulting and advisory firms,” 2007 – 2009

Program Examiner, Medicare, White House Office of Management and Budget, 2004 – 2007

Consultant, Academies Leadership Development Program, The Advisory Board Company, 2003 – 2004

HIGHLIGHTS

Moughalian Sent A Letter To Congress Notifying It Of HHS’ Plan To Transfer Up To $180 Million To The Child Separation Program — Despite Earlier Claims That The Zero Tolerance Policy Was Not Driving Up Funding Transfers:

“... HHS maintains that the ‘zero tolerance’ policy of separating families at the border — which ended in June — is not driving the funding transfer. However, POLITICO reported in July that HHS was rapidly depleting its funds because the Trump administration's policy resulted in thousands of separated children, and that the agency would need to dip into other programs to cover the costs...Rep. Rosa DeLauro says that HHS is actually requesting up to $466 million for the unaccompanied children program, citing a letter from Jen Moughalian, the department's acting assistant secretary for financial resources, who notified DeLauro of the agency's plan to transfer up to $180 million and was received on Sept. 6.” [Politico PULSE, 9/21/18]