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:
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: