Contact Information

Accreditation and Organizational Assessment


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Stephen J. Henske, MHA
Assistant Vice President,
Accreditation & Organizational Assessment
Office (301) 295-3681
Fax (301) 295-1960
stephen.henske@usuhs.edu
barbara.shelton@usuhs.edu

Mission

This recently established office combines the existing organizational assessment and internal management control activities (previously provided by the Office of Review and Evaluation) and a new responsibility that will monitor and maintain the status of accreditation certifications for the University's academic and regulatory programs.

Functions

Reviews accreditation and regulatory requirements to assure the University's school and departments remain up-to-date, in good standing and in compliance with applicable standards and requirements;
 
Provides technical advice and guidance to departments, schools, and institutes preparing for school and discipline accreditation or certification.
 
Monitors and maintains for the Office of the University President, the status on twenty accreditation certifications for the University's academic and regulatory programs. Works with the offices of the Deans of USUHS schools, Institute Directors and/or Program Coordinators responsible for the management and maintenance of their respective national accreditation or certification programs.
 
As required by Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act and DoD regulations, this office manages the University Management Control Program for maintaining internal control to achieve the objectives of efficient and effective operations, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
 
Coordinates responses to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), ASD (HA), IG or Congressional inquiries relating to University issues, programs or operations;
 
Serves as the University's Coordination point for external audits and investigations.
 
Investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
 
Performs independent accountability and effectiveness assessments and program reviews at the direction of the Office of the University President.
 
Manages the USUHS President's online Open Door Program which provides all faculty and staff with a direct electronic link to the President.

Administered Programs

The following programs are administered by this office:

  • Management Control Program
  • Annual Statement of Assurance Agency Certification Program
  • Privacy Act Information Maintenance Refresher Training
  • Department of Defense Hotline
  • President's Open Door Program

Management Control Program

The Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act of 1982 and the Office of Management and Budget, Circular A123, assign to each Federal agency head the responsibility to develop and maintain an effective internal management control program. These guidelines encompass administrative and accounting controls for program, operational and administrative areas. The University President, as the responsible agency head, is charged with providing assurances that significant weaknesses in the design or operation of the University are detected and corrected in a timely manner. Programs must operate and resources must be used consistent with agency mission, in compliance with laws and regulations, and with minimal potential for waste, fraud and mismanagement. As federal government employees, adherence to established internal controls is everyone's responsibility.

Privacy Act Information

In complying with the Privacy Act of 1974, each Federal Agency is required to establish rules of conduct for all persons involved with Systems of Records and to train its personnel about these rules. The purpose of this Act [and the DoD implementation rules] is to:

  • Safeguard individual privacy of information contained in Federal records.
  • Provide individuals access and amendment rights to records concerning them which are maintained by Federal agencies.
  • Put in proper balance individual privacy with the Government's need to maintain information about individuals.

As a component agency of DoD and TMA, the University has adopted the TMA Privacy Act Refresher Training program as a means to provide the required training. Instructions for viewing this presentation, submitting survey and printing certificate of completion may be found on our Privacy Act Information page.

DOD Hotline Program

The Department of Defense Hotline Program provides an opportunity to report significant instances of fraud, waste, abuse of authority, and gross mismanagement. It is DoD policy to combat fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in all DoD programs and operations. The Defense Hotline Program strives to ensure that allegations are properly evaluated and examined, and that appropriate remedial, corrective, and judicial actions are taken. To go to DoD Hotline Web Site click this hyperlink: hotline@dodig.mil or call 800-424-9098.

President's Online Open Door Policy

The Open Door Program has been created for all members of the Uniformed Services University (USU): faculty, staff and students. It provides members of the USU community with an efficient, effective, and "safe" environment to bring the University President information they believe he should have in order to properly evaluate and improve operations of the university. President's Online Open Door Web page.