The Bureau of Economics (BE or Bureau) provides economic analysis and support to antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, advises the Commission and other government entities about the impact of government regulation on competition, and analyzes economic phenomena in the nation's economy as related to antitrust and consumer protection. The incumbent serves as the Deputy Director for Consumer Protection of BE within the FTC.Learn more about this agency
The Deputy Director for Consumer Protection provides executive leadership and oversight of Bureau components that prepare economic analyses of consumer protection cases at the evaluation, Commission review, and compliance stages of matters, as well as provides economic support for the Commission's consumer protection rule-making process. This support entails statistical and analytical efforts to ascertain facts, provide a sound economic basis for actions, and dispel incorrect economic arguments. The incumbent also examines selected policy issues to provide evidence and analysis that will inform Commission policy on significant consumer protection questions.
Bureau staff consists of economists, research analysts, financial analysts, and administrative personnel. BE 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 the impacts of various economic phenomena on competition, consumer protection, and consumer welfare.
The Deputy Director is a key member of the Bureau's executive team and is delegated to act for the Bureau Director in interpreting and carrying out the Commission's objectives in a wide area of economics. In fulfilling these duties, the incumbent is responsible for strategic planning regarding the Bureau's role in the consumer protection mission. The incumbent, along with assistant directors and supervisors, serves as the primary link on consumer protection matters between the division, other bureau leaders, and the Bureau Director. Delegated responsibility in this regard involves content review and comprehensive quality control over professional work products, as well as consistency with Commission goals and objectives.
The Deputy Director is the principal source of the Commission's economic advice on broad questions of consumer protection policy, such as evaluation of questionable business practices, business relationships, and proposed remedies. Upon request, the incumbent oversees economic and statistical investigations preparatory to the investigation and trial of cases, provides economic analyses in the investigation and expert witnesses in trial of such cases, analyzes economic and statistical evidence submitted by respondents, and makes recommendations as to the economic aspects of proposed orders. This work has far-reaching implications for the welfare of American consumers.
The Deputy Director evaluates the ideas of those who propose studies and advocacy projects on consumer issues and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that final economic analyses provided are economically sound, empirically based, and informative regarding the Commission's mission. During the course of most assignments, the incumbent collaborates with senior attorneys, managers, and other professionals and staff assigned to the case. The incumbent has ultimate responsibility for overseeing the development of the economic theory of a case, research strategy to be followed, decisions regarding the type and quantity of economic evidence necessary, and selection and evaluation of information sources.
The Deputy Director serves as an advisor to the Commission and may be called on as an expert witness at trial, as a representative of the Commission on interdepartmental committees, or to represent the Commission before federal, state, or local regulatory bodies. The incumbent may perform independent research related to the economic effects of consumer protection or other government regulations on consumers and competition.
The Deputy Director monitors the Bureau's progress toward organizational goals and makes appropriate adjustments in the Consumer Protection Division. This includes monitoring work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress toward objectives, assessing the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of the Bureau, identifying, diagnosing, and consulting on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement, and making decisions on alternative courses of action. In directing the work of the Consumer Protection Division, the incumbent assesses policy, program, and project feasibility, determines program goals, develops implementation plans, structures the deliverables of the organization to promote effective task accomplishment, sets effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity performance requirements, implements management and/or internal control standards, and administratively and professionally directs and oversees-through one or more supervisors-the work of 30-35 economists, research analysts, financial analysts, and administrative personnel.
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