About the Budget

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Health Statistics budget appropriated by Congress for FY 2020 is $160,397,000.  This enacted budget is level with FY 2019 and includes funding for administrative and business services through the CDC Working Capital Fund (WCF).  In FY 2020, approximately $17.6 million of the Health Statistics appropriation went to the WCF to pay for services used throughout the year.

The FY 2021 President’s Budget requests $169,000,000 for the National Center for Health Statistics, $5,397,000 below FY 2020 Enacted.  This total funding level reflects a realignment of $14,000,000 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Informatics line to support ongoing activities critical to data collection.  The proposed budget maintains NCHS’ capacity to support ongoing health and health care surveys and to purchase vital registration data.  In its role as a federal statistical agency and through relevant legislation, including the Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act of 2018, NCHS coordinates evidence-building activities across government and provides health data to policymakers, researchers, and the American public.  For more information on this request, see the FY 2021 CDC Congressional Justificationpdf icon. The NCHS budget narrative can be found on pages 195-199.

In addition to annual appropriations from Congress, NCHS receives additional resources in the form of reimbursables from other Federal agencies. NCHS is reimbursed by other agencies to add specific questions of interest to our surveys.  For example, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) provided $2 million to the National Health Interview Survey for 25 questions on Cancer Screening & Prevention.

In FY 2020, NCHS was awarded additional funding from several sources for special projects.  $3.4 million of the CDC’s public health data modernization funding has been awarded to NCHS as of the end of FY 2020.  NCHS received $2 million in additional funding for COVID-19 related initiatives and $3.9 million in FY 2020 for opioid-related data projects.


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Page last reviewed: October 6, 2020