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Susan McNally

Susan V. McNally is Senior Advisor, Intergovernmental Affairs, in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. In this position she is responsible for planning and directing communications strategies and developing executive level partnerships with State, local, and tribal governments to support OPM programs. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. McNally was Assistant Director, National Healthcare Operations, where she led the development and implementation of new programs given to OPM under the Affordable Care Act, including the Multi-State Plan Program and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program.

From 2002 to 2009, Ms. McNally was Director of the Low Income Programs Analysis Group in the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she planned and implemented strategies to achieve the enactment of legislative initiatives for the Medicaid, CHIP, and low income Medicare programs as well to improve coverage for the uninsured. She represented CMS in negotiations on major legislative initiatives such as the Medicare drug benefit and Medicaid reform, and managed the provision of policy and technical assistance to congressional committees.

Ms. McNally has a broad range of public and private sector experience in program management, policy development, legislation, and communications. From 1995 to 2002, she was Director of Federal Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers, where she advocated for increased funding and coverage for health care services for low-income and uninsured individuals. Ms. McNally was Associate Staff Director and General Counsel of the 1991 Advisory Council on Social Security, a bipartisan commission that studied the health care delivery and insurance systems and made recommendations for reforming public and private insurance. She also served as Attorney Advisor in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, where she was responsible for public health issues. Ms. McNally began her career in the U.S. Senate Office of Legislative Counsel, where she drafted legislation on public health, government organization, and federal budget issues.

Ms. McNally graduated from the Department of Health and Human Services Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in June 2009, and was certified for the SES by OPM in January 2010. She is a graduate of the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.

Ms. McNally is a graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Political Science and Psychology, and is an honors graduate of the Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.

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