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IV. Functions and Responsiblities of OCO Components

A. Immediate Office of The Assistant Secretary

The Immediate office of the Assistant Secretary provides overall leadership and policy development to the Department's efforts to engage a wide variety of groups and the general public in the President's and Secretary's education agenda. The office creates, designs, develops and coordinates specialized media and outreach efforts and provides management and direction to the organization components. The office provides policy advice to the Secretary on communications and outreach matters, articulates the Department's message, represents the Department's and Administration's position to national news media on critical and sensitive issues an develops innovative communications strategies.