The position is assigned to the FHWA Office of Transportation Policy Studies, Economic Investment Strategies Team and is responsible for formulating and conducting economic studies of legislative and policy issues of major importance to FHWA and DOT; leading the development and application of benefit-cost analysis tools to prepare Congressional reports and research papers. A principal focus area is the projection of future investment needs for our nation’s transportation infrastructure assets.Learn more about this agency
As the Economist, you will:
- Develop and manage a program of applied research and systems analysis projects to evaluate the relationships between Federal, State, and local highway and bridge capital investments and national highway system performance.
- Provide advice and guidance on the application of benefit-cost analysis and other economic analysis tools to the evaluation of public policy issues, including the evaluation of legislative initiatives and regulations.
- Provide expert policy analysis that can be relied upon by top-level policy makers in the FHWA, DOT and other Federal agencies for use in national policy formulation. Coordinates and conducts research on key transportation issues, themes, policies, and latest technologies.
- Develop and implement new theoretical approaches to the assessment of highway and bridge financing and performance management options. Provides guidance on the application of economic analysis tools to analyzing investment tradeoffs among competing performance objectives, and to setting performance targets at both the Federal and State levels.
- Provide leadership in promoting the objectives of the FHWA economic research program. Serves as an expert on transportation advisory groups, such as the Transportation Research Board, and presents papers at technical and policy conferences.
- Represent FHWA at meetings related to the application of economic principles to infrastructure investment decision making, and serves as FHWA's point of contact with high-level staff working on cost-benefit analysis procedures in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
The Ideal Candidate for this position is a seasoned professional with expert knowledge of economic principles and their application in the analysis of transportation policy issues. The ideal candidate should have strong writing skills, and the ability to formulate, guide, and conduct in-depth economic studies of legislative and policy issues. The incumbent leads the development of economic modeling tools and should be skilled in the application of such tools in developing materials for a variety of audiences.
Occasional travel - Some travel is required
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