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Administration on Aging

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Administration on Aging
Agency overview
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersMary E. Switzer Memorial Building
Washington, DC
Agency executives
  • Alison Barkoff, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging
  • Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Parent departmentUnited States Department of Health and Human Services
Parent AgencyAdministration for Community Living
Key document
Websiteacl.gov/about-acl/administration-aging Edit this at Wikidata

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is an agency within the Administration for Community Living of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. AoA works to ensure that older Americans can stay independent in their communities, mostly by awarding grants to States, Native American tribal organizations, and local communities to support programs authorized by Congress in the Older Americans Act. AoA also awards discretionary grants to research organizations working on projects that support those goals. It conducts statistical activities in support of the research, analysis, and evaluation of programs to meet the needs of an aging population.

AoA's FY 2013 budget proposal includes a total of $1.9 billion, $819 million of which funds senior nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels. The agency also funds $539 million in grants to programs to help seniors stay in their homes through services (such as accomplishing essential activities of daily living, like getting to the doctor's office, buying groceries etc.) and through help given to caregivers.[1] Some of these grants are for Cash & Counseling programs that provide Medicaid participants a monthly budget for home care and access to services that help them manage their finances.[2]

AoA is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging. From July 2016 to August 2017, Edwin Walker served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging.[3] The Assistant Secretary reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Lance Allen Robertson was confirmed in August 2017, and served until January 20, 2021. On January 20, 2021, Alison Barkoff was sworn in as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and was named as Acting Assistant Secretary.[4] On March 9, 2022, President Biden Nominated Rita Landgraf, the former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, to serve as his first Assistant Secretary. Confirmation is pending. [5]

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  1. ^ FY 2013 President's Budget Justification for Appropriations Committees of Congress, p.22
  2. ^ Self-Directed Budget Enhances Access to Home Health and Other Needed Services, Resulting in Fewer Unmet Needs, Better Health Outcomes, and High Satisfaction for Medicaid Beneficiaries
  3. ^ "Leadership". Administration for Community Living. 19 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Leadership | ACL Administration for Community Living". acl.gov. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  5. ^ "President Biden Announces Key Nominees". whitehouse.gov. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.

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