United States Domestic Policy Council

Domestic Policy Council
Agency overview
Formed 1985
Headquarters Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Employees 25
Agency executive
Parent agency Office of White House Policy
Website 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 April 11, 1985 by President Ronald Reagan.[1] The first Executive Director of the Council was Dr. Ralph Bledsoe.[2] President George H.W. Bush re-established the Council on February 8, 1989, appointing Dr. Kenneth Yale as Executive Director of the Council.[3] On August 16, 1993, the Council was expanded 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.[4][5]

Current Membership

Structure of the United States Domestic Policy Council (2014)
  • James Kvaal (Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy)

Assistants to the President for Domestic Affairs

Officeholder Term start Term end President
Pat Moynihan
Urban Affairs
January 23, 1969 November 4, 1969 Richard Nixon
John Ehrlichman November 4, 1969 April 30, 1973
Melvin Laird May 1, 1973 January 8, 1974
Ken Cole January 8, 1974 February 28, 1975
Gerald Ford
James Cannon February 28, 1975 January 20, 1981
Stu Eizenstat January 20, 1981 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Vacant January 20, 1981 June 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Ralph Bledsoe June 20, 1985 March 30, 1987
Ken Cribb March 30, 1987 December 2, 1987
David McIntosh December 2, 1987 September 8, 1988
Dan Crippen September 8, 1988 January 20, 1989
Roger Porter January 20, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Carol Rasco January 20, 1993 December 20, 1996 Bill Clinton
Bruce Reed December 20, 1996 January 20, 2001
Margaret Spellings January 20, 2001 January 5, 2005 George W. Bush
Claude Allen January 5, 2005 February 9, 2006
Karl Zinsmeister May 24, 2006 January 20, 2009
Melody Barnes January 20, 2009 January 2, 2012 Barack Obama
Cecilia Muñoz January 10, 2012 present


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