The incumbent of this position serves as a Senior Research Economist in the Office of Tax Analysis (OTA). As a Senior Research Economist, the incumbent is the authoritative economic expert on a number of issues regarding Federal taxation and the Administration’s tax policies.Learn more about this agency
- Directs: Analyzes, evaluates the need for, and initiates, plans, and develops a wide range of special economic and econometric studies under tight deadlines. These studies consider the complex interrelationships of economic variables and generally involve complex micro-simulation modeling, econometric analysis, and/or general equilibrium modeling, in part, to capture and better understand a wide range of behavioral responses to changes in tax policies. These studies are the basis for Special Analyses prepared by OTA and required for Federal tax regulations. Joins in discussions and collaborates with the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Tax Analysis), the OTA Director, and OTA division directors in planning these studies, and lawyers in the Office of Tax Policy and the Internal Revenue Service to implement the Administration’s tax policies. Reviews Special Analyses for eventual publication with the Federal tax regulations.
- Estimates: Plans for and coordinates the estimation of economic effects, compliance costs, and revenue effects (frequently under pressure of immediate deadlines) of Federal tax regulations for publication as Special Analyses. Reports on and provides briefings regarding such estimates to the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) and deputies, the OTA Director, other interested or affected Treasury offices, other Federal agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisors, and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Furnishes highly authoritative economic, statistical, and technical information regarding economic effects estimates, compliance costs, and revenue estimates to support the policy decisions of such officials, providing both oral and written accessible and non-technical explanations to these officials. Advises such officials on factors such as tax rates and transition relief affecting regulations and on the accuracy and reliability of the estimates.
- Methodology: Anticipates, develops, plans, and initiates highly technical and specialized research and studies to develop new approaches and improve analytical and estimating methodologies. Directs the testing, adjustment, and development of new, improved, and more accurate procedures and methodologies to estimate the effects of Federal tax regulations, giving due consideration to complex interrelationships of variables and assumptions affecting such estimates. Directs the development of new models and data sets to analyze the economic consequences of tax regulations. Structures and develops workflow to have the capacity to provide, on an “as needed” basis, immediate and authoritative information on the economic effects of tax regulations. Analyzes, evaluates the need for, plans, and directs development of best methods and practices to meet the Administration’s tax policy analytical requirements, giving due consideration to availability of technical resources and to developments in analytical and estimating techniques.
- Advice: Through reading and attendance at appropriate meetings keeps abreast of new developments in the economics, public finance, Federal tax policy, and related literature that can further inform and improve methodologies and assumptions underlying key behavioral parameters used in developing estimates of economic effects, compliance costs, and revenue effects. Provides counsel and advice on such developments to officials and staff within the Office of Tax Policy, ensuring that OTA’s research methods and practices are appropriate and continually improved. Studies and participates in appropriate symposia, conferences, and meetings. Assists the OTA Director in recruiting professional economists, econometricians, and statisticians to OTA through review of applications and applicant interviews.
- Liaison: Accompanies Treasury officials to meetings with OIRA to provide background information and technical support regarding the Administration’s analysis of tax regulations. Advises the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy), Deputy Assistant Secretary (Tax Analysis) and the OTA Director on the basis for estimates, and the probable economic effects of Federal tax regulations. Responds to requests from OIRA regarding the Administration’s analysis of tax regulations and provides appropriate, authoritative responses that justify or explain analyses. Represents the Department in interagency meetings to discuss or provide policy coordination on Federal tax initiatives affecting other Federal agencies, e.g., the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Health and Human Services.
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