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Each year, every Federal Agency must develop and present to Congress its budget request for the coming fiscal year. All requests are in the President's Budget, which is presented to Congress every February. At the same time, every Agency presents to Congress its own Congressional Justification, which details the Agency's recent accomplishments, how it spent the money that Congress appropriated in the past, and what the Agency hopes to accomplish with the new funds it seeks.
This Statement summarizes budget information submitted
to Congress for Fiscal Year 2001 by the the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [AHCPR]). Submitted as part of the budget for
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Justification of
Estimates for Appropriations Committees both provides background
about AHCPR and lays out future priorities for it.
In December 1999, with the signing of the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999, the Agency for Health Care
Policy and Research (AHCPR) was reauthorized and renamed the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The Act affirms and strengthens the core mission of AHRQ and designates it as the lead Agency in supporting Federal
health services research and efforts to improve health care quality.
Current as of February 2000