Government Agencies and Other Poverty Centers


Government Agencies

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Many government agencies either administer programs that assist low income families or maintain data relevant to poverty researchers.  These links provide access to relevant data, program statistics and rules, and agency structure and contacts.


Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis. The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis receives core funding from the ASPE.


U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration. BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.


Administration for Children & Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.


U.S. Food and Nutrition Services
Department of Agriculture

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), formerly known as the Food and Consumer Service, administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mission of FNS is to provide children and needy families better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts.


National Institute for Child and Human Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NICHD, established by congress in 1962, conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.  Some of these topics include: 

  • Reducing infant deaths
  • Improving the health of women, men, and families
  • Understanding reproductive health and fertility/infertility
  • Learning about growth and development
  • Examining, preventing and treating problems of birth defects and  intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Enhancing well-being of persons through the lifespan with optimal rehabilitation research

U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau collects the following data:

  • Population & Housing Census – every 10 years
  • Economic Census – every 5 years
  • Census of Governments – every 5 years
  • American Community Survey – annually
  • Our many surveys — both Demographic & Economic
  • Economic Indicators – each indicator is released on a specific schedule

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces surveys, indices, and statistics that fall into four main categories:

  • Prices
  • Employment and Unemployment
  • Compensation and Working Conditions
  • Productivity