United States Domestic Policy Council

United States Domestic Policy Council
Domestic Policy Council
Agency overview
Formed 1993
Headquarters Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Employees 25
Agency executive Melody Barnes, Director
Parent agency Office of White House Policy
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

The Domestic Policy Council was established on August 16, 1993, 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.[1][2]


Structure of the United States Domestic Policy Council (2009)
Chair Barack Obama (President of the United States)

Melody Barnes (Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy)

Deputy Director

Mark Zuckerman (Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy)
Jonathan Greenblatt (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation)

Regular Attendees

Joseph R. Biden (Vice President of the United States)
Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Janet Napolitano (Secretary of Homeland Security)
Hilda Solis (Secretary of Labor)
Eric Shinseki (Secretary of Veterans Affairs)
Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Interior)
Arne Duncan (Secretary of Education)
Shaun Donovan (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
Tom Vilsack (Secretary of Agriculture)
Ray LaHood (Secretary of Transportation)
Gary Locke (Secretary of Commerce)
Steven Chu (Secretary of Energy)
Timothy F. Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury)

Additional Participants

Lisa P. Jackson (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency)
Alan Krueger (Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers)
Jeffrey Zients (Director of the Office of Management and Budget)
Lawrence Summers (Assistant to the President for Economic Policy)
Gil Kerlikowske (Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy)


  1. ^ "Domestic Policy Council". White House Administration. White House. http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/dpc/. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Office of Policy Development". US Government Manual. Government Printing Office. 2009-10-29. http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2009_government_manual&docid=217558tx_xxx-27.pdf. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 

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