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New U.S. assistant secretary for aging & ACL administrator named

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne sent the following email to Area Agency on Aging administrators:

In case you were not yet aware, we learned yesterday that Lance Robertson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of the Administration on Community Living (ACL). It was on June 19th, that President Trump nominated Mr. Robertson to be the next Assistant Secretary, and yesterday he was approved by the Senate via unanimous consent. A clip of his confirmation hearing, along with several other nominees in other areas of the federal government, on the Senate floor can be found here>>

Because Assistant Secretary Robertson served as the President of the National Association of States United for Aging & Disabilities (NASUAD), I have had the opportunity to connect with him a few times during the past two and a half years. Most recently, we spoke about our experience with NFESH (National Foundation to End Senior Hunger) and the importance of addressing senior hunger. In addition, prior to his nomination, he was the Director of Aging Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In his new role as Assistant Secretary, he is responsible for home- and community-based services and programs related to aging and disabilities. Of particular interest, Assistant Secretary Robertson was raised in Oklahoma by his grandparents and a few years ago he drew upon his own life experience to write, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” which was then included as a chapter of the book, “Godly Grandparenting: A Christian Guide for Today’s Families.” Needless to say, his aging background is quite varied and extensive … we look forward to working with him and the team he will assemble at ACL.