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Richard J. Turman, MPP, Deputy Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Richard J. Turman, MPP,  Deputy Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Richard J. Turman, MPP, Deputy Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Richard Turman currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this position, Mr. Turman is responsible for assuring that CTP accomplishes its public health goals for operationalizing the Center’s vision and mission as it implements the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. He leads CTP’s strategic planning initiatives and program implementation strategies and serves as CTP’s leader for program performance monitoring and  program and budget integration to achieve CTP’s goals.  He works closely with the Director and CTP senior leadership and with key FDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership and external stakeholders on matters that affect Center goals, policies, programs, and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining CTP, Mr. Turman served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources at HHS. He helped to oversee a 200-person team responsible for developing and managing the Department’s $900 billion budget, its more than 75,000 grants and more than 31,000 acquisitions, and its financial management, including maintaining HHS’ ability to earn a “clean” opinion on the largest independent audit in the Federal government. From January 2009 through February 2010, Mr. Turman served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources/CFO, where he launched HHS’ implementation of more than 40 Recovery Act programs totaling $140 billion, helped obtain and carefully spend $7 billion to respond to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and prepare the first two HHS budgets for the new administration.

Mr. Turman previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget at HHS, as the Associate Director for Budget at the National Institutes of Health, and as Director of Federal Relations at the Association of American Universities. As a Branch Chief in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1995 to 2000, Mr. Turman oversaw the formulation of budgetary, legislative, regulatory, and performance management policies for HHS’ public health agencies, including the FDA. While at OMB, Mr. Turman’s work included important tobacco-related policy actions, including coordinating the President’s Budget’s youth smoking prevention proposals in FY 1999 and FY 2000, which concerned what became the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement between the tobacco industry and 46 states and tobacco litigation. Mr. Turman also served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, where he was responsible for health, welfare, labor, and education appropriations issues.

Mr. Turman joined Federal service as a Presidential Management Intern in 1987, entered the Senior Executive Service in 1995, and while serving as one of HHS’ most senior career officials, led HHS’ successful transition from the George W. Bush administration to the Barack Obama administration. He was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 2009 and the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 2012, which are the highest and second-highest annual awards for career SES members, respectively.

Mr. Turman received his master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics and History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.