THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES PETER B. EDELMAN ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
President Clinton has appointed Peter B. Edelman to be Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Edelman will serve as a recess appointee. Mr. Edelman was nominated on December 22, 1995 and his nomination is pending before the Senate.
Peter B. Edelman of Washington, D.C. has been serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Previously, Mr. Edelman was Counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. He co-chaired an Interdepartmental Working Group on Violence in 1993 and has responsibility for HHS's interagency relationships on adolescent issues, drugs, violence prevention, and urban policy. Mr. Edelman is on leave from Georgetown University Law Center where he has been on the faculty since 1982. From 1975 to 1979, he was director of the New York State Division for Youth. He served as legislative assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy in the late 1960's. Additionally, he was the issues director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980, and was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg in 1962-63. Mr. Edelman is the author of numerous articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues relating to children and youth. He has chaired and served on the boards of many organizations and foundations, nationally and locally. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on policy development, program analysis and economic policy. The Office is responsible for the major decisions and support activities which encompass legislative development, planning, policy analysis, research and evaluation oversight. This position has been vacant since July, 1995. With this recess appointment, the office will have the leadership it needs to fulfill its responsibilities and mission.