Sherri A. Berger, MSPH
Chief Operating Officer
As CDC’s COO, Berger is committed to the following goals:
Customer Service: Provide high quality services and solutions that are timely, accurate, and meet mission needs
Efficiency: Implement business practices and services with cost-effective strategies that ensure OCOO is a model for efficient government operations
Effectiveness: Provide compliant, high-quality services
Healthy Enterprise: Be a desired employer that attracts develops and retains a skilled and diverse workforce
Sherri Berger became Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of 10 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in August 2011. As COO, she oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency. She provides substantial strategic direction for CDC’s 10,000 employees, 5,000 contractors, and $13 billion budget – while ensuring CDC has proper resources to fulfill its critical work to save lives and protect people from health threats.
Specifically, Berger manages CDC’s budget; oversees facilities design, maintenance, security, management analysis, and safety and personnel security; leads acquisitions, contractual assistance and grants; manages information technology and security; and directs human resources strategy, training, and workplace development.
Berger’s oversight and management as Chief Operating Officer has intensified CDC’s business services by:
- Preparing the agency’s business services offices for transition from a direct appropriation to the Working Capital Fund
- Consolidating the agency’s financial management functions into a single Office of the Chief Financial Officer to ensure fiscal accountability, oversight, and assure compliance with external and internal controls
- Consolidating five offices responsible for a broad portfolio of crosscutting services, including safety and security to effectively deliver a safe, secure functional, and healthy workplace for CDC staff
- Assuring the agency information technology is current and state of the art with a customer driven focus
- Serving as a champion for the Federal Employee View Point Survey using results to drive agency improvements to better serve CDC staff and the public they serve
Berger is a manager with extensive experience both at the program and senior leadership level. She began her federal career in 1996 as one of four graduate students selected nationwide to participate in the CDC/Association of Schools of Public Health Experimental Learning Program. Berger worked as an epidemiologist at the community level until moving to CDC headquarters in Atlanta to serve as a principal epidemiologic investigator. As a result of her management at the program level, she was nominated to participate in the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, where she expanded her career into business management. Berger has held several leadership positions at CDC, including associate director for formulation, evaluation and analyses in CDC's Financial Office; deputy director of one of CDC’s national centers; and director of the Agency’s Recovery Act Coordination.
Berger received her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s of science in public health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her son.
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