PPA - Economic Analysis



Now Available: U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report FY 2013

The Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) is responsible for economic and policy analysis and, on request, provides program coordination within the Department of the Interior on specific issues related to Interior’s responsibilities.  A substantial part of the work of 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.

Economics in the Office of Policy Analysis
The mission of the economics team is to provide high-quality, objective, qualitative and quantitative advice, review, analysis, 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 six economists and one Operations Research specialist 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 here.

The economics team also has expertise in survey research and coordinates the Department’s implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act.  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.

Extensive and Varied Work Experience
The PPA economics team collectively has over 50 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, political science, 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:

  • Interior’s Office of Budget;
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS);
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS);
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA);
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO);
  • Private consulting (primarily for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency);
  • Academia (George Washington University, Dickinson College, Colorado State University, University of Massachusetts);
  • Non-governmental Organizations (Resources for the Future, International Food Policy Research Institute); and
  • New Zealand Treasury.


Depth and Breadth of Projects
The PPA economics team has addressed a multitude of complex and pressing policy issues, many of a cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder nature.  The issue areas that the team has provided analytic support on range from evaluating the use of markets and incentives to facilitate conservation, to analyses of water banking and water transfers, to helping evolve the economic models on groundwater valuation, resource equivalency analysis, ecosystem services valuation for decision-making, and the development of metrics for habitat equivalency analysis.  Some specific examples include:

  • Led the preparation of the first ever report analyzing the economic impacts of Interior's activities and programs.   The Office completed the third follow-up report in July 2012.
  • Co-chairing, with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the group undertaking economic studies to support the Secretarial Determination on removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.
  • Analyzed the effects of the presence of public lands on the economic growth of rural economies.
  • Prepared and/or commented on numerous regulatory impact analyses, including: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hydraulic fracturing (fracking) regulations; Bureau of Indian Affairs land leasing regulations; various Office of Surface Mining regulations; BLM hard rock mining regulations; offshore oil and gas drilling safety regulations; regulations related to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and Natural Resource Damage Assessment Regulations for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Hazardous Substances (43 CFR Part 11).
  • Evaluated the extent to which FWS conservation banking activities could be strengthened.
  • Reviewed and analyzed the royalty regime for a variety of resources including oil shale and renewables such as solar and wind.
  • Led an evaluation of BLM's implementation of the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.
  • Prepared a white paper on Native American economic development.
  • Supports the economic policy development of the DOI Restoration Program and worked on over 150 damage assessment cases across the country, including the development of settlement claims for lost cultural uses, diminished recreational uses, injured species, and injured supporting habitats.
  • Led an evaluation of the Bureau of Reclamation's title transfer program.
  • Worked with FWS economists on estimating the value of ecosystem services provided by National Wildlife Refuges. This report is available here.

Staff Bios


Economic Reports

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2013 Economic Report: On July 11, 20014 the Department released the FY 2013 Economic Contributions Report, a project led by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that in fiscal year 2013 the Department's wide range of recreational, conversation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $200 billion in value added to the Nation's economy Executive Summary | Full FY 2013 Report | Press Release

 

 

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2012 Economic Report: On July 29, 2013 the Department released the 2012 Economic Contributions Report, a project led by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that in fiscal year 2012 the Department's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $211 billion in value added to the Nation's economy.  Executive Summary | Full FY 2012 Report | Press Release

Table of Contents; Figures, Tables and Contributors
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2 Recreation
Chapter 3 Conservation
Chapter 4 Energy from Fossil Fuels
Chapter 5 Renewable Energy
Chapter 6 Water
Chapter 7 Non-fuel Minerals
Chapter 8 Forage and Livestock Grazing
Chapter 9 Timber
Chapter 10 Mitigation, Reclamation, Restoration and Recovery
Chapter 11 Tribal Economies
Chapter 12 Grants and Payments
Chapter 13 Science, Data and Information
Chapter 14 Special Topics: Conservation Banking
Chapter 15 Special Topics: Wildland Fire Economics
Chapter 16 Special Topics: Climate Change Adaptation
Appendix 1 Economic Contribution Estimates
Appendix 2 State-by-State Information
Appendix 3 Technical Appendix

The Office of Policy Analysis reports on the economic contributions of the activities of the Department of the Interior.  These reports also include discussions and analysis of other relative topical Interior issues.  Copies of the reports are available below.

DoI Econ Rpt FY2011 Cover2011 Economic Report: On July 9, 2012 the Department released the 2011 Economic Contributions Report, a project led by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that in fiscal year 2011 the Department's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $383 billion to the Nation's economic activity.


Full FY 2011 Economic Report

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2 Bureau-Level Economic Contributions
Chapter 3 Investing in Conservation
Chapter 4 Ecosystem Restoration
Chapter 5 Public Conservation Lands and Rural Economic Growth
Chapter 6 Innovation, Information, and Technology Transfer

Chapter 7 The Externalities of DOI Activities
Chapter 8 Conclusions
Appendices


DOI Econ Report2010 Economic Report: On June 22, 2011 the Department released the 2010 Economic Report of the Department of the Interior, a major effort lead by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that The Department of the Interior's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported more than 2 million American jobs and contributed about $363 billion to the Nation's economic activity in fiscal year 2010. Full Report

2009 Econ Impact Report - cover2009 Economic Report: On December 15, 2009 the Department released the first Economic Report of the Department of the Interior, a major effort lead by the Office of Policy Analysis. The report concluded that The Department of the Interior's wide range of recreational, conservation, energy, land and water management programs and activities supported about 1.4 million American jobs and contributed about $370 billion to the Nation's economic activity in fiscal year 2008. Full Report