The Department of Health and Human Services and NC State Government

Segment Objective: To gain a basic understanding of where DHHS fits into the organization of state government.

DHHS is one of ten cabinet offices that make up the Office of the Governor. “Cabinet offices” are commonly referred to as “state agencies” or “agencies” in state personnel policies.  Cabinet offices are managed by a “Secretary” and are appointed by the Governor.  Other cabinet office Secretaries that report to the Governor are:

  • Department of Cultural Resources
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Administration
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Public Safety

The Office of the Governor also includes the Office of State Budget and Management and the Office of State Human Resources as well as other offices.

Some state agencies are lead by elected officials.  These are called “Council of State” agencies.  They include the:

  • Lieutenant Governor
  • State Treasurer
  • State Auditor
  • Commissioner of Labor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Commissioner of Insurance
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Commissioner of Agriculture

Familiarity with the above agencies is important since a few of the agencies’ work directly affects state employee benefits, which may require you to have contact with them on occasion in the performance of your duties.  As an example, the State Treasurer’s Office manages the retirement system for state employees.  Another example is the Department of Public Instruction, which establishes licensed educator pay.

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Welcome to the NC DHHS Division of Human Resources new HR EDGE program. This program will include a combination of online and classroom coursework in a variety of human resources topic areas.

Click here to take the Onboarding Quiz.


The NC DHHS HR EDGE Program is open to NC DHHS employees only.

If you have questions or would like to register for the program, email Annis Barbee in the Division of Human Resources.

Please note that you will not be able to access the quizzes or module activities without a login and password. The login and password are obtained through the registration process.