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Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

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Sections

  1. Mission and Responsibilities
  2. Organization
  3. Order of Succession
  4. Functions and Responsibilities of OPEPD Components
    1. Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary
    2. Budget Service
    3. Policy and Program Studies Service
  5. Primary Delegations of Authority

I. Mission and Responsibilities

The Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD) serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary on all matters relating to policy development and review; performance measurement and evaluation; budget processes and proposals.  The Assistant Secretary is responsible for:

  • coordinating the review of Department-wide policies to ensure consistency with the Secretary’s guidance and the Administration’s goals;
  • overseeing policy development and reviewing policy recommendations submitted to the Secretary by  Principal Offices;
  • managing a repository of policy data necessary to formulate, develop, validate and recommend policy positions to the Secretary;
  • managing budget programs, process, and proposals;
  • developing and implementing Department-wide systems and procedures for strategic accountability and performance management;
  • analyzing current and proposed education policy; directing the development of policy options for legislative proposals and program reauthorizations based on policy analysis;
  • performance measurement, and evaluation studies for education programs;
  • designing, conducting, and reporting on evaluation studies to describe program operations and program outcomes of participants and to promote program improvement;
  • providing technical expertise in formula development, modeling, forecasting, and trends analysis; and conducting analyses of cost/benefit and institutional effects of regulations.

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II. Organization

The Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development is under the supervision of the Assistant Secretary, who reports directly to the Secretary of Education.

Two major elements, the Budget Service and the Policy and Program Studies Service report to the Assistant Secretary.

Additionally, the Assistant Secretary coordinates the activities of the Office of Educational Technology.

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III. Order of Succession

In the event that the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office and the office is thereby deemed to be vacant, as defined by the Vacancies Act, and the President has not designated in writing another individual to act as the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, as the designated “first assistant” under the Vacancies Act, shall perform the functions and duties of the office in an acting capacity. If both the offices of the Assistant Secretary and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary are vacant, or the time period during which the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary may serve in acting capacity has expired, the individuals listed below the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, in the order shown, are authorized to perform the functions and duties of the office of the Director of the Institute, except for any functions and duties that are required by law to be performed only by the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development e or by someone officially acting in such capacity.

In instances where the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development is filled, but the Assistant Secretary is absent, unavailable, otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the position, and/or there is a disruption in the normal channels of direction and communication, and there is no person officially serving in an acting capacity, and unless the Assistant Secretary or the Secretary, in writing, designates another individual to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary, the following officials, in the order shown, are delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the office of the Assistant Secretary except for any functions and duties that are required by law to be performed only by the Assistant Secretary or by someone officially acting in such capacity.


Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Chief of Staff

Director, Budget Service.

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Last Modified: 08/12/2013