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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.

  • Barbara Pisaro Clark, Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislation

    Phone: 202-690-7627
    Fax: 202-690-7380
  • Sarah Arbes, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation

    Phone: 202-690-7627
    Fax: 202-690-7380
  • Tyler Ann McGuffee, Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation

    Phone: 202-690-7627

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation for Health
The Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Legislation report to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and are the liaisons for mandatory and discretionary health programs.  The mandatory health portfolio includes health services and health care financing operating divisions.

  • Alec Aramanda, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Mandatory Health)
    The mandatory health portfolio includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This portfolio includes Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

    Phone: 202-690-7450
    Fax: 202-690-7380
  • Laura Kemper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Discretionary Health)
    The discretionary health portfolio includes health science-oriented operating divisions, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This portfolio also includes biodefense, faith-based, and civil rights policies.

    Phone: 202-690-7450
    Fax: 202-690-8425
  • Ashley Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Health Reform)
    The health reform portfolio includes the Office for Health Reform and as well as private sectorinsurance.

    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.

  • Courtney Lawrence, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Human Services)
    The human services portfolio includes the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and health IT.

    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 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 and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources (ASFR).

  • Sara Morse, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Congressional Liaison)

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

Office of Oversight and Investigations
The 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 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and those performed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Director also assists in the legislative agenda and serves as liaison for special projects.

  • Sean Hayes, Director of Oversight and Investigations

    Phone: 202-690-7627
    Fax: 202-690-7380
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Content last reviewed on May 18, 2017