A substantial part of the work of the Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) requires analysis of the economic effects of natural resource policies and regulations, and the relationship between the economy, environment, natural resource use, and management—especially on issues that cross Interior bureau lines of responsibility and have interagency or intergovernmental implications.
The Chief DOI Economist is located in the Office of Policy Analysis and leads the economics team. The mission of the team is to provide high-quality, objective, qualitative and quantitative advice, analysis, data visualization, review, writing, and presentations in a timely manner. Our efforts are often conducted in multi-disciplinary settings and encompass the breadth of Interior's portfolio.
PPA's team of economists brings a wealth of experience and education to help Interior address a full range of complex policy and economic issues related to natural resources, energy, and the environment. The economics team provides leadership and routinely works jointly with economists in Interior's bureaus, as well as with other Federal agencies. Additional information about the PPA economics team is available.
The economics team also has expertise in survey research and works with the Department’s Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator to review submissions to OMB that contain surveys. This responsibility provides a broad overview of the Department's data collection activities and an opportunity to link data collection to Interior's land management responsibilities.
The PPA economics team collectively has years of experience spanning five different administrations, with specialized training in natural resource and environmental economics, economic modeling, benefit-cost analysis, econometrics, policy analysis, business, accounting, political science, sociology and international affairs. PPA economists provide a wide range of perspectives developed through experience with an array of Federal, private, academic, and international settings, including:
The PPA economics team has addressed a multitude of complex and pressing policy issues, many of a cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder nature. Issue areas where the Team has provided analytic support include; using markets and incentives to facilitate conservation; water banking and water transfers; analyzing data related to BIE-operated school; economic modeling for groundwater valuation; resource equivalency analysis; ecosystem services valuation for decision-making; and developing metrics for resource and habitat equivalency analysis. Some specific examples include: