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President George W. Bush has announced the nomination of Benjamin Sasse, an assistant professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, pending U.S. Senate confirmation.
Sasse currently serves as counselor for policy and strategic initiatives to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt while on a leave of absence from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
"The LBJ School is delighted that the President has nominated Ben Sasse to be Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation," said Dean James B. Steinberg. "Ben has been a well-respected and valued member of the LBJ School faculty. He will provide not only a depth of experience, but also keen analytical skill to this post."
"His service to the Administration is a reflection of all of our faculty's commitment to serving the public interest," Steinberg said.
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the HHS on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.
Prior to coming to the LBJ School, Sasse served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Sasse received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University, master's degrees from St. John's College and Yale University and PhD from Yale Universtiy.