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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG), works within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs.  We do this through audits and investigations.  OIG also consults with Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations.  The Inspector General Act of 1978 gives the Office of Inspector General autonomy to do its work without interference.  

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    This position is located in the DOT-OIG economics group, which produces its own research and consults on work throughout the agency. The group’s analyses have encompassed a wide range of transportation-related topics, including: effects of the tarmac delay rule on airline cancellations, impacts of trucker wait times on commercial motor vehicle crash rates, effects of competition on airline service quality, efficiency of air traffic control towers, and anticompetitive practices in bidding on highway projects. DOT-OIG economists are required to maintain their skills through continuing education and attending economics conferences. In addition, they have published and are encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

    You will serve in the area of economic analysis with responsibility for conducting research and analysis of economic data; assisting in the preparation of interpretive reports, advising and consulting on economic matters for transportation and related programs and operations. Duties include but are not limited to:

    Uses expert knowledge of applied microeconomic literature in general, and industrial organization economics literature in particular, to identify current best economic research practices for each audit topic area on which he or she is called to consult or contribute.

    Expertly reviews relevant economics and data science literature on the topic area for additional guidance. Applies and extends the research methods identified through this knowledge and review to address the topics at hand.

    Conducts data analyses to research transportation economics issues. Develops, estimates, and tests microeconometric models to identify factors associated with or affecting transportation-related concerns and/or uses machine learning techniques to explore the issue at hand. Ensures that the quality of his or her data analyses is sufficient to provide reliable evidence for audit findings.

    Prepares work papers, drafts report sections, and develops presentations detailing the methodologies used and findings developed in each audit. Produces these written products and presentations in language comprehensible to a nontechnical audience.

    Provides technical expertise in writing technical reports, briefing papers, and testimony in support of the audit and investigations staff.  

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 25% of the time.

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