Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C., 20201
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government’s principle agency for
protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who
are least able to help themselves. The department includes more than 300 programs that cover a wide spectrum of activities including health and social science research, preventing disease, including immunization services, assuring food and drug safety, Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people), Health information technology,
financial assistance and services for low-income families, improving maternal and infant health, Head
Start (pre-school education and services), faith-based and community initiatives, preventing child abuse
and domestic violence, substance abuse treatment and prevention, services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals, comprehensive health services for Native Americans, medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and it administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. The department’s programs are administered by 11 operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service (NIH,
FDA, CDC, HIS, HRSA, SAMHSA and AHRQ) and three human services agencies (CMS, ACF and AoA). Many HHS funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies or through private
Administration on Aging (AoA)
One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20201
The Administration on Aging (AoA) was created in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act.
AoA is part of a federal, state, tribal and local partnership called the National Network on Aging. This
network, serving about 7 million older persons and their caregivers, consists of 56 State Units on Aging;
655 Area Agencies on Aging; 233 Tribal and Native organizations; two organizations that serve Native Hawaiians; 29,000 service providers; and thousands of volunteers. These organizations provide
assistance and services to older individuals and their families in urban, suburban, and rural areas
throughout the United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Hubert Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plays a key role in the overall direction of the U.S.
health care system, by administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs. With a federal budget of approximately $650 billion, and serving approximately 90 million beneficiaries, CMS’s mission is to
ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and promote quality care for beneficiaries by
transforming and modernizing the health care system. CMS’s goal is to expand its resources in a way
that improves health care quality and lowers costs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30333
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes health and quality of life by preventing
and controlling disease, injury and disability.
Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on how to find and apply for federal government
grants. Grants.gov includes information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to
approximately $400 billion in annual awards.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. With six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in
every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers, and children. HRSA trains health professionals and improves systems of care in rural communities. HRSA oversees organ, tissue and blood cell (bone marrow and cord blood) donation and vaccine injury compensation programs, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice and health care waste, fraud and abuse. HRSA envisions optimal health for all, supported by a health care system that assures access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality
care. Created in 1982, HRSA currently has 1600 employees and an annual budget of 6.4 billion dollars.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
U.S. National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institute of Health, which leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active
years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research,
training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. NIA is
the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. NIA’s mission is to improve the health and
well-being of older Americans through research on the aging process, age-related diseases and special problems and needs of the aged.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s vision is "A Life in the Community for Everyone." This vision is based on the premise that people of all ages, with or at risk for mental or
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
substance use disorders, should have the opportunity for a fulfilling life that includes a job, education,
home, and meaningful personal relationships with friends and family. Through three centers and supporting offices, SAMHSA engages in program activities to carry out its mission. With a fiscal year 2007 budget of nearly $3.3 billion, SAMHSA funds and administers a portfolio of grant programs and contracts that support state and community efforts to expand and enhance prevention and early intervention programs and to improve the quality, availability and range of substance abuse treatment, mental health and recovery
support services—in local communities— where people can be served most effectively. At the heart of SAMHSA’s funding programs is accountability. Today, SAMHSA’s formula and discretionary grant programs are focusing on performance measurement and management. SAMHSA is working with grantees to report performance-based outcomes. Driven by a strategy to improve accountability, capacity and effectiveness, SAMHSA ensures that its resources are being used effectively and efficiently.
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, monitoring and investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
451 Seventh Street, S.W
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is responsible for national policy and
programs that address America's housing needs. HUD’s goal is to improve and develop the Nation's communities, and enforce fair housing laws. Its focus is creating suitable living environments for all
Americans. HUD plays a major role in supporting homeownership by underwriting homeownership for
lower and moderate income families through its mortgage insurance programs. HUD's mission is to
increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
The Department of Transportation (DOT) was established by Congress in 1966 to serve the United States
by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital
national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves the Nation’s veterans and their families as a single, comprehensive provider of service to the men and women who have served our Nation.
Social Security Administration (SSA)
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235
The Social Security Administration (SSA) advances economic security of the nation’s people by shaping
and managing America's Social Security programs. SSA is staffed by more than 62,000 employees
within an organizational structure of 15 offices. The field organization, which is decentralized to provide services at the local level, includes 10 regional offices, 6 processing centers, and approximately 1300
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Ford House Office Building, 4th Floor
Second and D Streets, SW
Washington, DC 20515
Congressional Affairs: 202-226-2837
Media and Public Affairs: 202-266-26-3
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is mandated to provide the Congress with objective, nonpartisan
and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on programs covered by the federal
budget. In addition, CBO provides information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.
Congressional Research Service (CRS)The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves shared staff to congressional committees and
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540
Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities. CRS's analytic capabilities integrate multiple disciplines and research methodologies. In a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, CRS provides Congress with the
vital, analytical support it needs to address the most complex public policy issues facing the nation. Its work incorporates program and legislative expertise, quantitative methodologies, and legal and economic
analysis. CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives, even if it
means bringing to light facts that may be contrary to established assumptions.
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540
THOMAS is the online legislative resource of the Library of Congress that tracks bills, resolutions, and
activity in Congress. THOMAS also posts the Congressional Record, schedules, calendars, committee information, Presidential nominations, treaties and other government resources.
United States Senate
Committee Offices Link
The Richard Russell, Everett Dirksen, and Philip Hart Senate office buildings are located on Constitution Avenue on the north side of the Capitol. These buildings house the offices of many of the 100 senators,
16 standing committees, 4 select committees, and 4 joint committees of the Senate. Committee schedules
are published daily online.
United States House of Representatives
Committee Offices: http://www.house.gov/house/CommitteeWWW.shtml
The Nicholas Longworth, Joseph Cannon, and Sam Rayburn House office buildings are located on Independence Avenue on the south side of the Capitol grounds. They also house the offices of almost
all 435 congressmen, 19 standing committees, 2 select committees, and 4 joint committees and one permanent select committee.
AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI)
AARP Policy and Research features information on issues affecting the 50+ population. This ever
-expanding collection of research publications, speeches, legal briefs and opinion pieces seeks to provide deeper insight and fresh perspectives to opinion leaders, scholars and other professional audiences.
Age Data of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau
Age Data of the United States is a compilation of aging related data and statistics collected from U.S.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
820 First Street, N.E., Suite 510
Washington, DC 20002
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low and moderate income families and individuals. The Center conducts research
and analysis to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the
needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. In addition, the Center examines the short and long term impacts that proposed policies would have on the health of the
economy and on the soundness of federal and state budgets. Among the issues explored are whether
federal and state governments are fiscally sound and have sufficient revenue to address critical priorities,
both for low-income populations and for the nation as a whole. Over the past two decades, the Center has gained a reputation for producing materials that are balanced, authoritative, accessible to non-specialists,
and responsive to issues currently before the country. Materials are used by policymakers and non-profit organizations across the political spectrum, as well as by journalists from a variety of media outlets.
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics (FORUM)
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics (FORUM) was established in 1986, to bring together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data. The Forum has played a key role by critically evaluating existing data resources and limitations, stimulating new database development, encouraging cooperation and data sharing among Federal agencies, and preparing collaborative statistical reports. In addition to the original three core agencies (National Institute on Aging, National Center for Health Statistics and Census Bureau), the organizing members of the Forum now
include senior officials from the Administration on Aging, Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
Department of Veterans Affairs, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Environmental Protection
Agency, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
in Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration.
FedLawFedLaw compiles legal resources and assembles references into a research tool for people doing
Federal legal research. Information is accessed online through hypertext connections.
FedStats, provides the general public with access to the full range of official statistical information
produced by the federal government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces
which particular statistic. FedStats has search and link capabilities to more than 100 agencies that provide
data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119
Hamilton, NJ 08619
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving the quality and cost effectiveness of health care services for low income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHCS works directly with states and federal agencies, health plans,
and providers to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health
care needs. CHCS activities focus on three priorities: advancing health care quality and cost effectiveness, reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and integrating care for people with complex and special needs.
The Commonwealth Fund
1 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care
system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is
designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized
Journals in AgingJournals in Aging is a compendium of key periodical literature available on aging and health care
compiled by the Rutgers University.
The National Academy for State Health Policy
1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20036
10 Free Street, 2nd Floor
Portland, Maine 04101
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is non-profit, independent academy of state
health policymakers dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice, NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states.
The National Health Policy Forum
2131 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20027
The National Health Policy Forum seeks to inform the public policy process by helping participants—
federal health policymakers in the legislative and executive branches and in congressional support agencies—engage in rigorous, constructive, and respectful dialogue. NHPF strives to place disparate and often conflicting views in historical and market context by presenting them at meetings, synthesizing related research in a range of publication formats, and conducting site visits to offer a practical perspective on
health policy. Created in 1971 by senior-level congressional staff and executive agency decision makers, NHPF is a nonpartisan organization that does not advocate particular policy positions. The Forum
maintains a "no press" rule to foster candor and allow for the honest exchange of ideas and viewpoints.
To ensure that programming continues to be driven by the needs and priorities of its participants, NHPF
solicits guidance from a Steering Committee of senior-level health policymakers.
Covering a broad range of health policy topics, NHPF offers three types of signature products that total approximately 30 to 35 meetings, publications, and site visits annually.
Kaiser Family Foundation
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Public Affairs Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major
health care issues facing the U.S., with a growing role in global health. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies. Kaiser serves as a non-partisan
source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Free products include policy research, basic facts and numbers, and elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
2231 Crystal Drive Suite 450
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (202) 371-9090
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories,
and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are
dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in
state-based public health practice.
Council of State Governments (CSG)
2760 Research Park Drive
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910
The Council of State Governments is a multi-branch organization that forecasts policy trends for the
community of states, commonwealths and territories. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multistate problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG serves the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government through leadership education, research and information services.
Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)
Membership List with website links: www.lcao.org/membership.htm#Section1
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a diverse coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations that serve older Americans. The 53 member coalition is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population. The LCAO provides a voice for seniors
and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policy.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the Unitedthereby preserving their independence and dignity. These agencies coordinate and support a wide
States. n4a advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans. The fundamental mission of the AAAs and Title VI programs is
to provide services which make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home,
range of home- and community-based services, including information and referral, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, employment services, senior centers, adult day care and a long-term care ombudsman program. n4a's primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons
and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
National Association of Counties (NACo)
25 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
The National Association of Counties (NACo) represents county governments in the United States.
Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances
issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research,
and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo's membership totals
more than 2,000 counties, representing over 80 percent of the nation's population. NACo is a full-service organization that provides an extensive line of services including legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance, as well as enterprise services to its members. The association acts as a liaison with other levels of government, works to improve public understanding of counties, serves as a national advocate for counties and provides them with resources to help them find innovative methods to meet the challenges
they face. NACo is involved in a number of special projects that deal with such issues as homeland security, drug abuse and broader access to health care.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
Government Relations Office
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20001
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the organization of insurance regulators
from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. The NAIC provides a forum for the development of uniform policy. A state regulator's primary responsibility is to protect the interests of
insurance consumers and the NAIC helps regulators fulfill that obligation. State insurance regulators created the NAIC in 1871 to address the need to coordinate regulation of multi-state insurers. The first major step in that process was the development of uniform financial reporting by insurance companies.
Since then, new legislative concepts, new levels of expertise in data collection and delivery, and aThe National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) is a non-partisan professional membership organization for state finance officers. Through NASBO, the states collectively advance state budget
commitment to even greater technological capability have moved the NAIC forward into its role as a multidimensional, regulatory support organization. The NAIC represents the interests of and provides leadership support to federal and state funded State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP), as insurance commissioners administer one third of the nation’s SHIP programs.
National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO)
Hall of the States Building - Suite 642
444 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-1511
Phone (202) 624-5382
practices. As the chief financial advisors to our nation’s governors, NASBO members are active participants
in the public policy discussions at the state level. The major functions of the organization consist of research, policy development, education, training, and technical assistance. These are achieved primarily through NASBO’s publications, membership meetings, and training sessions. NASBO is an independent professional and educational association and is also an affiliate of the National Governors’ Association.
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
113 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) promotes
and assists state agencies in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish high-quality supports to people with developmental disabilities. In pursuit of this goal, NASDDDS strives to provide member state agencies with timely analyses of federal statutory and regulatory policies that affect people
with disabilities; disseminate cutting edge information on state-of-the-art programs and service delivery practices; provide technical assistance and support to member states; and offer a forum for the development
of state and national policy initiatives.
National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD)
810 First Street, NE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20002-4267
The National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) is a bipartisan, professional, nonprofit organization of representatives of state Medicaid agencies, including the District of Columbia and the
territories. Since 1979, NASMD has been affiliated with the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). The primary purposes of NASMD are to serve as a focal point of communication between the
states and the federal government, and to provide an information network among the states on issues
pertinent to the Medicaid program.
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the $29.5
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
billion public mental health service delivery system, serving 6.1 million people annually in all 50 states,
4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Governors Association and is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors and their agencies. While NASMHPD’s primary members are the commissioners/directors of the 55 state and territorial mental health departments, the NASMHPD structure
also includes 5 divisions comprised of directors of special populations/services -- children, financing Medicaid, forensic, legal, older persons, as well as a Medical Directors Council. The purpose of these
entities is to provide technical assistance to the Commissioners/Directors.
National Council on the Aging (NCOA)
1901 L Street, N.W., 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more
than 14,000 organizations and leaders. Members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult
day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor. Programs are designed to help older people remain healthy and independent, find jobs, increase access to benefits programs, and discover meaningful ways to continue contributing to society.
National Governors Association (NGA)
Hall of the States
444 North Capitol Street, Suite 267
Washington, DC 20001
The National Governors Association (NGA) is a bi-partisan organization of the nation's governors that promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national
policy. Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from
representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive
branch officials. NGA focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education
and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment. NGA also provides management and
technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors.
Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
1146 19th Street, N.W. Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement works to provide low and moderate income women (aged
18 to 65) with basic financial information aimed at helping them take financial control over their lives and to increase awareness of the structural barriers that prevent women’s adequate participation in the nation’s retirement systems.
Although women have entered the labor force in record numbers, their access to retirement benefits has
not followed at the same level. As the only project to focus exclusively on the specific inequities that disadvantage women, WISER seeks to improve the opportunities for women to secure retirement income.
WISER also houses the National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning.
The educational materials on this website as well as training programs offered by WISER are provided in cooperation with the U.S. Administration on Aging, which provides funding for this National Resource
Center for Women & Retirement.