Laina Bush is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Laina is also the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Science and Data Policy. As such, she serves as a senior manager of the office and leads an expert team of analysts, economists, and strategic planners. She provides executive leadership in policy development, coordination, and leadership for policy research, analysis, evaluation, and planning related to public health, science, and data policy issues such as opioids, food safety and nutrition, drug and medical product safety, availability, and cost and improving data and evidence for decision-making. Laina serves as the HHS or ASPE lead for several interagency working groups.
Laina previously served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy. She arrived in ASPE in 1998 as a Senior Food and Drug Policy Analyst. Previously, Laina was an Economist with the Food Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition where she analyzed food safety and nutrition policies. Laina also served on a detail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget where she reviewed regulations and information collection requests related to immigration, the National School Lunch Program, and the Food Stamp Program. While at OMB, Laina also assisted in preparing a report on the Costs and Benefits of Federal Regulation. Laina earned a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Marymount University.