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The Domestic Social Policy (DSP) Division's work includes analyses of domestic policy and social program issues. These include education, labor and worker safety; health-care insurance and financing; health services and research; aging policy studies; Social Security, pensions and disability insurance; immigration, homeland security, domestic intelligence and criminal justice; and welfare, nutrition and housing programs.

DSP is subdivided into six research sections, each led by a section research manager:

  • Children and Families — coverage includes
    • issues facing children and families such as child welfare, foster care and adoption, teen pregnancy, runaway and homeless youth
    • low-income populations (welfare, food stamps, child support, Head Start)
    • housing (Section 8, public housing and other subsidies, programs for special populations, homelessness, home ownership initiatives)
  • Domestic Security and Immigration — coverage includes
    • criminal justice (FBI, drug control, gun control, juvenile justice, sentencing, crime trends)
    • domestic intelligence activities of the FBI and other agencies such as Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and components of the Department of Homeland Security
    • border security (Border Patrol, terrorist screening, unauthorized aliens)
    • immigration (legal immigration, temporary workers, naturalization)
  • Education and Labor — coverage includes
    • elementary and secondary education (federal aid to school districts, accountability, aid allocation formulas, special education)
    • postsecondary education and job training (student aid, college costs, vocational education)
    • labor (pay equity, labor standards such as minimum wage and overtime pay)
  • Health Insurance and Financing — coverage includes
    • Medicare
    • Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance
    • health insurance access, coverage and reform
  • Health Services and Research — coverage includes
    • medical research and health care services (disease research at the National Institutes of Health, stem cells, electronic medical records)
    • public health (prescription drug and device regulation at the Food and Drug Administration, health preparedness and emergency response)
    • health issues for the aging such as long-term care and chronic disease management
    • veterans' health care
  • Income Security — coverage includes
    • Social Security
    • income support for the disabled
    • unemployment compensation
    • retirement savings and pensions

Last Updated: 04/05/2016