Principal Deputy/Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jerry Regier is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He provides leadership on policy analysis and development in human services and on research under the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) for Secretary Leavitt.
Mr. Regier previously served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in August, 2002. As Secretary he oversaw a Department of over 25,000 employees and the programs of Child Welfare, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Economic Self Sufficiency, Child Care, and Refugee Services. The budget of DCF was 4 Billion.
He previously served for five years as Secretary of Health & Human Services for Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating until he resigned on January 15, 2002 to run for Governor of Oklahoma. As Secretary, he provided policy oversight to 13 Agencies. Concurrently, he served as Deputy Director of the Office for Juvenile Affairs. He also served as Acting Director of the State Health Department during a crisis in that agency.
He has previously served in a variety of positions in federal government. He was the Acting Administrator of the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the U.S. Department of Justice. President Bush nominated him to this Senate confirmation position. Prior to that position, he served in the Bush Administration as Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for three years. He was instrumental in assisting the United States Attorney General to design and implement the “Weed & Seed” Initiative which is now in over 300 communities throughout the United States. He also was an appointee in the Reagan administration as Associate Commissioner for the Administration of Children, Youth and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1981, he established the Family Research Council, an independent public policy research and educational organization and served as President and CEO for four years.
Mr. Regier has received a number of special appointments and awards. In 2001 he was named the Administrator of the Year in Oklahoma by the American Society of Public Administration (Oklahoma Chapter). The President of the United States appointed him to the National Commission on Children (1988-93).
Jerry Regier graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. He then graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. degree in history. His post-graduate work includes a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from the International School of Theology, Master's of Public Administration from Harvard University, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Grace University.
Jerry and his wife, Sharyn, have four children, all grown, and five grandchildren.