Office of Policy Analysis

The Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) provides cross-cutting analysis and coordination to support decision-making and policies across a highly decentralized agency.

PPA News

Report to the Secretary on Improving DOI's Mitigation Policies and Practices (April, 2014): The Office of Policy Analysis co-authored a report to the Secretary titled, "A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior." The report outlines four priority areas of ongoing and future work, including geospatial assessments, landscape-level strategies, compensatory mitigation programs, and monitoring and evaluation and identifies near-term actions that the Department will take to put the report's recommendations into practice. Download the full report: A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior.

FY 2012 Economic Report (July, 2013): This report represents the fourth in a series of annual economic reports released by Interior, and includes chapters on recreation, conservation, energy, non-fuel minerals, and tribal economies as well as key outputs and trends associated with each output. The report also provides information on economic contributions and value added, employment supported, and economic values associated with some of the outputs produced on Interior land. U.S. Department of the Interior Economic Report FY 2012

Study Finds Home Values Higher near Refuges (May, 2012): A peer-reviewed national study released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), shows that in urban areas across three regions of the country proximity to a national wildlife refuge increases home value and helps support the surrounding community's tax base. The study, managed by the Office of Policy Analysis for the USFWS and conducted by economists at North Carolina State University, found that within eight miles of an urban center, homes located within half a mile of a refuge are valued three to nine percent higher than homes located farther from refuges.
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Amenity Values of Proximity to National Wildlife Refuges.

Report to Congress on the Recreation Fee Program (May, 2012): The Office of Policy Analysis led the federal inter-agency recreation fee Working Group in preparing the Triennial Report to Congress on Implementation of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. The report highlights projects funded by recreation fees, provides budgetary and visitation statistics, describes agency policies to implement the Act, and includes considerations about the future of the recreation fee program.
Triennial Report to Congress

The inter-agency recreation fee Working Group was the winner of a 2012 Beacon Award, recognizing outstanding efforts by federal agencies and partners in harnessing technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. 
Beacon Award Press Release