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POTUSThe Domestic Policy Council (DPC) coordinated the domestic policy-making process in the White House and offered advice to the President. The DPC also supervised the execution of domestic policy and represented the President’s priorities to Congress. Carol Rasco from 1993-1996 and Bruce Reed from 1997-2001 served as head of the DPC.

Before the formal creation of the DPC, a form of a domestic policy staff has 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 William J. Clinton split the office, forming the current Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council.

The following collections are from the files of DPC staffers. The descriptions below are abbrieviated lists of the breadth contained within the collections.


Andrew Rotherham Education Files – the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, charter schools, the digital divide, youth violence in schools, standardized testing, and Hispanic education.

Event Files – education events and corresponding background materials

Subject Files – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, failing schools, youth violence, Equity 2000, educator awards, litigation, and legislation.

Bruce Reed Crime – Brady Bill, Crime Act of 1994, 100k COPS Program, gun issues, and victims’ rights.

Education – national testing and standards, ESEA, teachers and class size, and charter schools.

Subject Files – federal budget, childcare, Earned Income Tax Credit, health care, immigration, NPR, and AIDS.

Welfare – legislative strategy, child support, speeches, and bill drafts.

Carol Rasco Subject Files- health care, education, crime prevention, employment, civil rights, Americorps, homelessness, and Empowerment Zones.

Issues Series- affirmative action, health care reform, Medicare/Medicaid, immigration, disability, education, welfare reform, and Middle Class Bill of Rights.

Correspondence Series- health care, welfare, housing, employment, persons with disabilities, immigrant benefits, and education.

Miscellaneous Series- health care, welfare, housing, employment, persons with disabilities, education, women and children, senior citizens, the 1994 G-7 jobs conference, rural policy, and national drug control policy.

Regrets and Invitations Series- requests for Rasco’s participation in and attendance at various events, parties, and speaking engagements.

Meetings and Events Series- health care reform, disability, employment, education, children and families, and communities.

Chris Jennings Health Securities Act – legislative strategies, alternatives to and analysis of the Health Securities Act.

Subject Files – Patients Bill of Rights, Aids, Medicare, health care, and Medicaid.

Cynthia Rice Subject Files – federal budget, childcare, rights of the disabled, and fatherhood.

Kendra Brooks Correspondence – School Construction Initiative, America Reads, class size, and Educational Excellence for Hispanic Students.

Printed Materials – funding, class size, school safety, reading reform, after-school programs, teacher quality, and student assessments.

Subject Files – charter schools, national testing, SATs, class size, teacher quality, Limited English Proficiency, HBCUs, IDEA, and Title 1.

Michael Cohen Subject Files – education reform, test standards, teachers, school safety, and the America Reads initiative.

Neera Tanden Domestic Policy Council Series - abortion, child care, education, health reform, and youth issues such as after school activities, teen pregnancy, and violence.

Office of Policy Development Series - the First Lady, tobacco, education, women in sports, children’s health insurance, women’s health issues, parental unemployment insurance, and paid family leave.

Stephen Warnath Civil Rights Series – affirmative action, English only, age discrimination, religious freedom, and voting rights.


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