The Bureau of Economics provides economic analysis in support of antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, advises the Commission and other government entities on the impact of government regulation on competition, and analyzes impacts of economic phenomena on competition, consumer protection, and consumer welfare. The Antitrust I Division generally is responsible for formulating and implementing major antitrust policies within the Bureau of Economics.Learn more about this agency
The Assistant Director is a key member of the Bureau's management team and is authorized to act on behalf of the Bureau's Director and Deputy Director for Antitrust in interpreting and carrying out the Commission's objectives across a broad spectrum of economic issues relevant to maintaining competition. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Assistant Director is a key contributor to developing the Bureau's strategic plans for implementing the Commission's mission of maintaining competition. The Assistant Director, along with subordinate managers and supervisors, serves as a primary link between the Division, other BE managers, the Bureau of Competition management and staff, and the Commission. The primary responsibility involves content review and comprehensive quality control of professional work products, as well as adherence to, and consistency with, the Commission policies and objectives.
The Assistant Director formulates and implements policies to advance the Commission's maintenance of competition objectives. The Assistant Director also manages the economic component of the full range of antitrust and competition law enforcement activities, economic research, and (occasionally) consumer protection issues assigned to the Division. Many of the economic issues confronted by antitrust and competition policy have not been addressed by prior economic research. As a result, Bureau economists often must blaze a trail for others to follow. In carrying out his or her duties, the Assistant Director reviews policy recommendations that affect Division, Bureau, and Agency missions, considers political, social, economic, technical, and administrative factors that may potentially affect recommended policies, and formally recommends actions to the Commission.
The incumbent ensures that the Division provides high quality economic analysis to the Commission, Congress, and the public. The incumbent formulates goals and objectives for antitrust law enforcement investigations. Determines the resources necessary to support these investigations. Reviews the staff analysis of antitrust investigations, especially those considered important or precedent setting. Assists the Bureau's efforts to identify and analyze business practices that may lead to consumer harm. Formulates appropriate remedies for such practices and proposes changes to existing laws that would promote competition and consumer welfare.
The Assistant Director is a key provider of advice to the Commission on broad questions of antitrust policy, such as evaluation of potentially anticompetitive business practices and conduct, as well as evaluation of policies to remedy the effects of those practices. The incumbent leads, supervises, and occasionally conducts economic and econometric analyses in support of agency investigations and litigation. The incumbent also plays a leading role in selecting expert witnesses employed by the Commission in support of its litigation efforts, as well as in preparing those witnesses for trial, including the careful evaluation of the economic and statistical analyses offered by those witnesses in support of their testimony and conclusions. The incumbent also plays a leading role in evaluating and analyzing testimony, as well as supporting economic and statistical analyses that are presented by respondents' economic experts. Additionally, the incumbent is a leading contributor to the design and implementation of remedies imposed by the Commission to alleviate conduct and practices that harm competition and consumer welfare. This work has far-reaching implications for the preservation of the free enterprise system.
The incumbent ensures efficient utilization of Division resources in a manner consistent with resource and budget constraints. The incumbent directs the work of the Division and is accountable for the success of specific programs and/or projects assigned. The incumbent also monitors the Division's progress toward organizational goals, periodically evaluates and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals, and administratively and professionally directs and oversees (through subordinate supervisors) the work of approximately 35 economists and research analysts in accomplishing the Division's goals and objectives. In directing the work of the Division, the Assistant Director assesses policy, program, and project feasibility, determines program goals and develops implementation plans, structures the deliverables of the organization to promote effective task accomplishment, sets effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity performance requirements, and implements management and/or internal control standards.
The Assistant Director's accountability for the success of Division programs and projects encompasses responsibility for the full range of factors that affect program and project accomplishment.
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