Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARGARET ANN HAMBURG AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Margaret Ann Hamburg as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Margaret Ann Hamburg, of New York, served from June 1991 to April 1997 as the New York City Health Commissioner, where she was responsible for over 4,000 employees and programs, including public health education and outreach, direct clinical services, protection from environmental hazards, epidemiology, disease surveillance, and research. Dr. Hamburg is credited with the design and implementation of a major tuberculosis control program that resulted in a dramatic decline in TB cases, reductions in infant mortality to the lowest rate in New York City history, and the successful development of initiatives to improve childhood immunization. Dr. Hamburg joined the New York City Department of Health in June 1990 as Deputy Commissioner for Family Health Services before becoming Commissioner in 1991. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where she played a major role in research administration and policy development. Dr. Hamburg's federal experience also includes service in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. She currently holds appointments as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health at the Columbia University School of Public Health. Dr. Hamburg is a recognized expert with a diverse research background who serves on many national boards, committees, and task forces, including the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Infectious Diseases, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the National Advisory Committee for Healthy Steps for Young Children Program of The Commonwealth Fund. She received a B.A. degree from Harvard/Radcliffe and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on policy development, program analysis and economic policy. The Office is responsible for planning, policy and budget analysis, review of regulations, formation of legislation, and for the conduct and coordination of research and evaluation on various issues. In particular, the Office is responsible for policies of health, child development, welfare, retirement, and disability assistance.