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.