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. The 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, The 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.


The ASPE is organized into five principal offices and several smaller ones. Each of the major offices is headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary.

As part of the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Office of Planning and Policy Support is responsible for coordinating and managing the agency’s budget and financial resources, research planning, human resources, information technology, information resources and records management, and HHS-wide legislative development activities.