Category: HHS Administrative


What is PII?

Titles II and III of the E-Government Act of 2002 require that agencies evaluate systems that collect personally identifiable information (PII) to determine that the privacy of this information is adequately protected. The mechanism by which agencies perform this assessment is a privacy impact assessment (PIA).

What is the HHS Privacy Policy?

The policy describes the type of information collected as provided by site users and how it is safeguarded. The HHS Privacy Committee of the HHS Data Council is responsible for the policy. The HHS Web site Privacy Policy Notice is available at:

Where can I find information about information quality?

HHS is responsible for the quality of the information provided on this website and in all its publications. For information about this policy, guidelines for information development, and peer review schedule, you may want to visit:

Poverty Guidelines

How many people are in poverty in the United States?

The Census Bureau uses a statistical sample to determine the percent of people in the United States who are living in poverty. They report that 45.3 million people lived in poverty in 2013 in the United States, which is 14.5 percent of the population. For more information, see:

When are the poverty guidelines published and when do they become effective?

The poverty guidelines may be used as soon as they are published in the Federal Register each year — usually in late January — unless a program has chosen to make them effective at a later date.

Where can I find information about the Federal Poverty Levels?

You can find detailed information about the Federal poverty levels at: Additionally, at this site is information on research related to the definition of poverty level.

What are poverty thresholds?

Poverty thresholds are used for calculating all official poverty population statistics — for instance, figures on the number of Americans in poverty each year. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau.

Programs that Use the Poverty Guidelines as a Part of Eligibility Determination

The HHS poverty guidelines, or percentage multiples of them (such as 125 percent, 150 percent, or 185 percent), are used as an eligibility criterion by a number of federal programs. See our FAQs for the list of programs using poverty guidelines.


How do I cite,, or Web pages?

You may cite content from an HHS website by using the date, page title, and the URL.

How do I make complaints/suggestions about the HHS website?

You may submit website feedback through our surveys.

Where can I find HHS-sponsored training programs online?

HHS sponsors a number of online training programs, including learning products for the public health community, tutorials for the public, patient education materials, tools and resources for individuals engaged in health IT projects, and more. Read the full answer to select from a list of programs.

How can I unsubscribe from HHS emails?

You can be unsubscribed from most HHS email subscriptions very easily. Check the bottom of an email and you may see an area with information about managing your HHS Subscriptions.


How can I report fraud, waste, and abuse about an HHS program?

Complaints of possible fraud, waste, and abuse can be reported to the Inspector General's Hotline. 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)