The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy
development in health, disability, human services, data, and science, and
provides advice and analysis on economic policy. ASPE leads special
initiatives, coordinates the Department's evaluation, research and demonstration
activities, and manages cross-Department planning activities such as strategic
planning, legislative planning, and review of regulations. Integral
to this role, ASPE conducts research and evaluation studies, develops policy
analyses, and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under
consideration by the Department or Congress.
ASPE is organized into five principal offices and several smaller ones.
Each of the major offices is headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary.
The Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care
Policy addresses long-term care issues and personal assistance services
including informal caregiving. The office works closely with the
Administration on Aging, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others.
The Office of Health Policy deals with health-related
issues, including health care financing. It works closely with the
Public Health Service, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health,
the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, and the Food and Drug Administration
The Office of Human Services Policy/HHS Chief
Economist focuses on welfare, service delivery issues, and policies
affecting children, youth, and families. The office works closely with
the Administration for Children and Families, the Departments
Childrens Council, and a variety of Departments and other agencies.
The Office of Planning and Policy Support coordinates
the management of HHS-wide policy development and policy support
activities. It also provides policy analysis, research and evaluation
of cross-cutting issues such as homelessness, government reinvention and
program delivery systems. Finally, it provides a variety of specialized
support services primarily through contracts for computer support and programming
The Office of Science and Data Policy guides the
development of science and data policy by other HHS entities, coordinates
science and data policy matters, and is responsible for communications with
the scientific and data policy communities outside HHS.