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ASL Offices

The Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation
The Assistant Secretary for Legislation serves as principal advisor to the Secretary with respect to all aspects of the Department's legislative agenda and Congressional liaison activities.

Jim Esquea, Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Phone: 202-690-7627
Fax: 202-690-7380


Office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Mandatory Health
The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Mandatory Health reports to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and assists in the legislative agenda and liaison for health services and health care financing operating divisions, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This portfolio includes Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as private sector insurance.

Bridgett Taylor, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Phone: 202-690-7450
Fax: 202-690-8425


Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Discretionary Health
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Discretionary Health reports to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and is the liaison for discretionary health programs. This portfolio includes health-science-oriented operating divisions (the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration), health IT, private-sector health insurance, medical literacy and patient safety, and biodefense. The Office is responsible for the coordination of activities of Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and the Department with respect to the Congressional Budget Process, and assists the ASL in budget affairs of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation. This office also covers cybersecurity and COOP activities.

Sara Singleton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Phone: 202-690-7450
Fax: 202-690-8425


Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Human Services
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Human Services reports to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and assists in the legislative agenda and liaison for human services and income security policy, including the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Administration for Community Living (ACL). and the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Rose Hacking, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Phone: 202-690-6311
Fax: 202-690-8425


Congressional Liaison Office (CLO)
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Congressional Liaison Office reports to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and assists in the legislative agenda and liaison for bioethics, faith-based, and special projects. The office maintains the Department's program grant notification system to Members of Congress (public access at: Grants.gov), and is responsible for notifying and coordinating with Congress regarding the Secretary's travel and event schedule. In addition, CLO provides staff support for the Assistant Secretary for Legislation coordinating responsibilities to the HHS regional offices.

Fatima Cuevas, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Phone: 202-690-6786
Fax: 202-690-6351


Office of Oversight and Investigations
The Deputy Director for Oversight and Investigations reports to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and is responsible for all matters related to Congressional oversight and investigations, including those performed by the GAO, and assists in the legislative agenda and liaison for special projects.  This includes coordinating Department response to Congressional oversight and investigations; and acting as Departmental liaison with the GAO and coordinating responses to GAO inquiries. 

Kevin Barstow, Deputy Director for Oversight and Investigations

Phone: 202-690-7627
Fax: 202-690-7380


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Content last reviewed on October 7, 2016