United States Domestic Policy Council

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Domestic Policy Council
Agency overview
Formed 1985
Headquarters Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Employees 25
Agency executive
Parent agency Office of White House Policy
Website Domestic Policy Council

The Domestic Policy Council (DPC) of the United States is the principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering domestic policy matters, excluding economic matters, which are the domain of the National Economic Council. The council forms part of the Office of White House Policy which contains the DPC, the National Economic Council and various subordinate offices, such as the Office of National AIDS Policy. The Director of the DPC is titled the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

History and Mission[edit]

The Domestic Policy Council was established on April 11, 1985 by President Ronald Reagan.[1] The first Executive Director of the Council was Dr. Ralph Bledsoe.[2] President George H.W. Bush re-established the Council on February 8, 1989, appointing Dr. Kenneth Yale as Executive Director of the Council.[3] On August 16, 1993, the Council was expanded by Executive Order 12859. The Council oversees development and implementation of the President’s domestic policy agenda and ensures coordination and communication among the heads of relevant Federal offices and agencies.

Even before the formal creation of the DPC, some form of a domestic policy staff had existed in the White House since the 1960s. President Lyndon B. Johnson assigned a senior-level aide to organize staff and develop domestic policy. In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon issued an executive order that created the Office of Policy Development, a large White House office with jurisdiction over economic and domestic policy. President Bill Clinton again altered the structure by splitting the office, forming the current Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council which both exist today underneath the umbrella of the Office of White House Policy, which can also be known as the Office of Policy Development.[4][5]

Current Membership[edit]

Structure of the United States Domestic Policy Council (2014)
  • James Kvaal (Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy)

Assistants to the President for Domestic Affairs[edit]

Assistant President Years
Pat Moynihan
Urban Affairs
Richard Nixon 1969
John Ehrlichman Richard Nixon 1969–1973
Melvin Laird Richard Nixon 1973–1974
Ken Cole Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford 1974–1975
James Cannon Gerald Ford 1975–1977
Stu Eizenstat Jimmy Carter 1977–1981
Ralph Bledsoe Ronald Reagan 1985–1987
Ken Cribb Ronald Reagan 1987
David McIntosh Ronald Reagan 1987–1988
Dan Crippen Ronald Reagan 1988–1989
Roger Porter George H. W. Bush 1989–1993
Carol Rasco Bill Clinton 1993–1996
Bruce Reed Bill Clinton 1996–2001
Margaret Spellings George W. Bush 2001–2005
Claude Allen George W. Bush 2005–2006
Karl Zinsmeister George W. Bush 2006–2009
Melody Barnes Barack Obama 2009–2012
Cecilia Muñoz Barack Obama 2012–present


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