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The Domestic Policy Council (DPC), established in 1993, is a committee with Secretaries of major Departments of the Cabinet. The DPC is part of the Executive Office of the President. The DPC is chaired by the President and operates under the Office of Policy Development. The DPC is headed by the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, who is also the President’s Domestic Policy Advisor. The Director is supported by the Deputy Director of the DPC.

The DPC is the principal forum for the President of the United States to consider domestic policy matters and for this reason, it has representation from the major departments of the Cabinet. The DPC excludes economic policy matters because they are considered by the National Economic Council.

The DPC coordinates the domestic policy-making process and offers advice to the President. The DPC also monitors the implementation of domestic policy and represents the President’s priorities to Congress. In short, the DPC ensures that the domestic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals.

The DPC was known as "Domestic Council" under President Richard Nixon and "Policy Coordinating Group" under President George H.W. Bush. The current title "Domestic Policy Council" has been in use since President William J. Clinton.

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