Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs (IEA)

The Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) serves as the Department’s liaison to state, local, and tribal governments and non-governmental organizations. IEA facilitates communication between the Department and these stakeholders regarding HHS initiatives and policies.

In this endeavor, IEA serves the dual role of representing the intergovernmental and external perspective in the federal policymaking process as well as clarifying the federal perspective to intergovernmental officials and external stakeholders. IEA aims to enhance communication and partnerships with local, state, and tribal governments as well as a variety of external partners such as, academia, private sector, labor unions, profit and not-for profit groups, and national organizations.

About IEA

Learn more about the functions of IEA, our headquarters staff, and how to contact headquarters or regional offices.

Regional Offices

An IEA regional office is located in each of the 10 HHS regions, led by a President-appointed Regional director. Find out more about each region.

IEA Tribal Affairs

IEA’s Tribal Affairs component serves as the official first point of contact for Tribes, Tribal Governments, and Tribal Organizations.

The Partnership Center

The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (Partnership Center) works to build partnerships between government, the medical community and faith-based providers and/or organizations.


To strengthen communication with diverse communities throughout the country, IEA provides information about HHS initiatives and polices.

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