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[Department of Health and Human Services] image by Sergio Horta, 12 February 2001



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Description of the flag

The Department of Health and Human Services was the successor of the previous Department of Health, Education, and Welfare after Education was given its own department under the Carter Administration (1977-81). The seal of the department is a stylized eagle with wings elevated in profile, made up of alternating blue and gold stripes forming the faces, also in profile, of a man, woman, and child. According to drawings prepared by the Army Institute of Heraldry on 13 November 1980, which I found in the Institute's files today (corroborating Jack Kowalski's information):

The departmental flag is ultramarine blue with the departmental seal in old gold. For indoor use (52 x 66 inch size), all flags have golden yellow fringe.
Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001


Secretary of Health and Human Services

[Department of Health and Human Services] image by Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001

Secretary of HHS has ultramarine blue with the departmental seal in old gold and an old gold star in each corner.
Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001


Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services

[Department of Health and Human Services] image by Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001

Deputy Secretary of HHS (originally Under Secretary) has a white flag with the departmental seal in old gold on a blue disk, and an old gold star in each corner.
Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001


Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services

[Assistan Secretary - Department of Health and Human Services] image by Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001

Assistant Secretaries of HHS have white flags with the departmental seal in ultramarine blue and an old gold star in each corner.
Joe McMillan, 14 December 2001

"The white flag, with the DHHS seal applied using blue embroidery stitching or appliqué, is the positional flag for the Assistant Secretary, DHHS flag. This flag is no longer used by the ASH when the appointee is also commissioned as a 4-star Admiral. The Assistant Secretary, DHHS flag is displayed when the ASH is a civilian appointee."
Dave Fowler, 24 September 2014

 

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control, there is no flag for that organisation. They simply use a logo (like the FDA).
Sean McKinniss, 25 March 2003