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    Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Chief Economist is responsible for advising U.S. Copyright management on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the United States’ intellectual property system and the international copyright framework.

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    This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

    The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Act; advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world’s largest database of copyright public records; and provides information and reference services to the public.

    The Office of Policy and International Affairs has certain responsibilities for administering the copyright law with special emphasis on policy, legislative, and international matters.

    The position description number for this position is 409009.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

    The work entails foreign and domestic travel.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    The incumbent will serve as Chief Economist for the Copyright Office with a focus on economic research and related matters. The incumbent will be responsible for advising the Register of Copyrights the Associate Register for the Office of Policy and International Affairs, and other Copyright Office officials on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the United States’ intellectual property (IP) system and the international copyright framework. The incumbent will initiate and oversee economic analysis on topics of copyright protection and enforcement, and on the provision of Copyright Office services, to assist the Office in effectively fulfilling its statutory obligations to administer the U.S. copyright system and advise on copyright policy.

    While expertise in a specific area of economics, such as microeconomics or econometrics, is critical, the incumbent must also demonstrate an understanding of the legal, practical and political issues involved in the protection and enforcement of IP rights and the functioning and role of the and the U.S. government as a whole. This knowledge is rare, and will be a critical asset in determining the types of analysis to conduct and the relevant recommendations to make to policy makers.

    Plans, directs, and evaluates the economic research and analytical activities of the US Copyright Office. Formulates, plans, conducts, and responds to economic studies, analyses and research related to domestic and international IP protection and enforcement. The incumbent will also develop conclusions and recommendations concerning such studies and research, including economic impact on the Copyright Office or US interests, while ensuring effective coordination and communication between the Copyright Office, other government agencies, and domestic and international organizations with regard to economic issues relevant to domestic or international IP protection and enforcement.

    Prepares insightful, responsive, authoritative, integrative, organizationally relevant written products, including electronic products, within the Economist's expertise for the public, Congress, the Library and the Copyright Office. The Economist employs, refines or extends existing methodologies, and develops creative approaches to highly complex, contentious issues of national and international significance. Written products apply new hypotheses, concepts, and approaches to IP issues. They define or clarify issues; apply concepts and principles from several disciplines; assess political, social, economic, or institutional constraints; organize and present policy options and analyze their consequences; or anticipate the direction of policy development.

    Serves as a principal Copyright representative to committees and officers of the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, other government agencies (such as the US Patent and Trademark Office), professional organizations, universities, and other research organizations on the broadest matters related to Copyright research, policy and organization (such as the World Intellectual Property Organization). Through these interactions, establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, including Members of Congress and their staff and senior managers and staff of other legislative and executive agencies.

    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The work entails foreign and domestic travel.

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