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Health Executive Committee

The Health Executive Committee (HEC) works to institutionalize VA and DoD sharing and collaboration efforts to ensure the effective and efficient use of health services and resources. The HEC was established pursuant to Title 38 U.S.C. § 320 and operates in accordance with applicable Federal laws and regulations. The HEC is:

  • Co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and the VA Under Secretary for Health
  • Reports directly to the VA/DOD Joint Executive Committee (JEC)


The Health Executive Committee (HEC):

  • Oversees development & implementation of VA/DOD Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) 
  • Oversees working groups
  • Identifies opportunities (policy, operations, and capital planning) to enhance mutually beneficial coordination
  • Submits Annual Report to the JEC on progress to-date on the JSP


Membership includes the following from the DOD and VA:

DOD Membership VA Membership 
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) — Co-Chair
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)
  • Surgeon General of the Army
  • Surgeon General of the Navy
  • Surgeon General of the Air Force
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Budgets and Financial Policy)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Health Protection and Readiness)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Clinical and Program Policy)
  • Deputy Director, Defense Health Agency
  • Chief Information Officer, Military Health System
  • Under Secretary for Health – Co-Chair
  • Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health
  • Deputy Under Secretary for Health Operations and Management
  • Chief of Staff, Under Secretary for Health
  • Chief, DoD Coordination Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Health Informatics Officer
  • Chief Patient Care Services Officer
  • Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer
Last Updated: September 26, 2022
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