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OPAE At a Glance
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Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

The Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation (OPAE) serves as an agency source for policy analysis, data synthesis, organizational planning, external engagements, research, and evaluation. OPAE’s work assists the agency's bureaus and offices in their efforts to improve program performance and effectiveness which ultimately, helps to attain their strategic planning goals.  

OPAE works proactively and collaboratively across all of HRSA's divisions, bureaus and offices, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other Federal and external stakeholders. OPAE's goal is to foster communication, promote innovation, solicit input, coordinate efforts, build partnerships, and identify opportunities for cross-agency initiatives.  

Core Functions

Coordination of HRSA Affordable Care Act Activities, including implementing 63 provisions in the law. OPAE is responsible for ACA-related reporting, tracking, and clearance coordination within the agency and department. Additionally, OPAE serves as the principal HRSA resource for all ACA implementation issues across the HHS, including facilitation of partnerships and collaborations with other parts of HHS.  

Strategic Planning, Performance/Quality Monitoring and Reporting, including coordinating strategic planning process and performance assessment for HRSA; reporting on program performance to meet  DHHS, Office of Management and Budget, and GPRA Modernization Act requirements; supporting implementation of the National Quality Strategy; facilitating components of HRSA’s internal performance management process; consulting across the agency on performance and quality measures development and alignment.

Policy Analysis of issues and implications arising from legislation, budget proposals, regulatory actions and federal and state program or policy and their impact on safety net populations, providers, and health care systems; support HRSA staff and grantees in broadening their understanding of HRSA programs and national health policy developments including health care system and financing issues.

Research and Evaluation, including conducting internal evaluation and research studies, coordinating HRSA’s data collection efforts, and providing consultation services to HRSA offices and bureaus on their evaluation and research activities. OPAE ensures participant privacy and human subjects protection with respect to data collection activities and collaborates with HRSA programs to build agency data infrastructure and address external information requests.

External Engagement, including coordination of HRSA’s programmatic interaction with HHS agencies, other Federal agencies, State and local governments (including legislatures), and the national organizations that represent State and local officials, including contact between HRSA and the Regional Commissions. In addition, OPAE operates as the HRSA liaison to manage and coordinate study engagements with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OEI).

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OPAE comprises five offices:

Office of the Director (OD) provides agency-wide leadership on policy analyses for the HRSA administrator and senior leadership in support of the agency’s goals and strategic direction. In addition, OD has a number of agency-wide responsibilities and special initiatives, including coordination of HRSA’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) related activities.  

Office of External Engagement (OEE) is responsible for facilitating the agency’s interactions with intergovernmental agencies, major stakeholders and interest groups. OEE coordinates these activities while serving as the primary liaison to the HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (OIEA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the HHS Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OEI). In addition, OEE coordinates cross-agency activities that emphasize strengthening connections between programs and encouraging internal and external collaborations.  

Office of Policy Analysis (OPA) serves as the principal resource for cross-agency policy analysis of importance to the HRSA administrator. OPA works to identify policy issues and opportunities of significance to HRSA populations and programs and collaborates with bureaus and offices to proactively develop solutions to support the viability and performance of health care providers in safety net communities.

Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) conducts internal evaluation and research studies of HRSA public health programs to inform agency, program and policy level decision-making and provides consultation, technical assistance and review services to HRSA offices and bureaus regarding their evaluation and research protocols, tools and activities.  ORE also manages the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance process for all relevant HRSA program data collection activities, coordinates agency-wide Healthy People 2020 activities.

Office of Performance and Quality Measurement (OPQM) serves as the principal Agency resource for facilitating the use of performance/quality measurement, monitoring and analysis, and reporting as tools for promoting the improvement, accountability, and transparency of HRSA programs and activities. OPQM’s responsibilities include ensuring budget and performance integration, compliance with GPRA Modernization Act requirements, implementation of the National Quality Strategy, documentation of strategic plan-related and other organizational accomplishments, technical assistance to HRSA bureaus and offices, and collaboration with other HHS agencies to promote improvements in the availability of performance/quality information.