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HOBBS, CHARLES D.: Files, 1987-1989


Office of Policy Development, Deputy Assistant to the President for, 1984-September 1985

Office of Policy Development, Assistant to the President, Director of the Office of Policy Development, October 1985-Janury 1987 – see separate inventory

Interagency Low-Income Opportunity Advisory Board, Chairman – Assistant to the President, 1987-1989


Charles Hobbs was Chief Deputy Director of Social Welfare for Governor Reagan’s administration in California from 1970-1972.  He was heavily involved in the California welfare reform movement under Reagan. After leaving the Governor’s office, Hobbs started his own consulting firm serving a wide variety of federal, state, and local government agencies in the development of public service programs and management plans.


In 1984, Hobbs joined the Reagan administration in the Office of Policy Development.  He worked on welfare and budgeting issues.  In October 1985, Hobbs was promoted to Director of the Office of Policy Development.


On January 30, 1987, Hobbs was moved to the White House Office as Assistant to the President. His primary responsibilities were to develop and implement reforms of the Nation’s public assistance system.  In July 1987, the Interagency Low Income Opportunity Advisory Board was formed with Hobbs as chairman.  The Board worked to assist state welfare programs to receive permission and support to make changes and create innovations in their public assistance programs outside of current federal regulations.


At this time we see documentary evidence that Hobbs continued to work with the Office of Policy Development throughout 1987 and 1988.  The Library has put only material directly related to the ILIOAB within this collection. All other files are within his OPD collection.


For further information on welfare reform, please see Hobbs’ Office of Policy Development collection, as he worked on this issue throughout his time at the White House.


            OA 19335


            Bode, John

            Child Care

            Conference – Self-Help Leaders

            Correspondence - Out


            Legislation (New) (1)(2)

            Memoranda – Richard Bavier

            Memoranda – Judith Boggs

            Memoranda – Morgan Doughton

            Memoranda – Peter Germanis

            Memoranda – Robert Hill

            Memoranda – Bob Kirchner

            Memoranda – Dolores Martin

            Memoranda – Linda Norberg

            Welfare Reform (1)(2)

            National Governors Association


            Thank Yous

            Town Meetings

            Unemployment [Presidential Trip to Cincinnati – NGA Meeting August 1988]

            Welfare Symposium