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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation


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 Department’s Children’s 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 services.

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.



Last Revised:  July 3, 2006

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