Tax Economist for the Government Accountability Office

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    Darren DeGioia

    JDG Associates, Executive Search Consultants, has been retained by the GAO to identify a Tax Economist.

    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the agency that works for Congress and the American people. Congress mandates GAO to study the programs and expenditures of the federal government. GAO, commonly called the investigative arm of Congress or the congressional watchdog, is at the epicenter of government decision-making. When GAO reports its findings to Congress, it recommends actions. Its work leads to laws and acts that improve government operations, and save billions of dollars.

    GAO was founded in 1921. It has a staff of approximately 3200 employees across 13 locations and a budget of nearly $500,000,000. Its headquarters is in Washington, DC. Field offices include: Atlanta, Boston, Norfolk, Huntsville, Chicago, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. See:

    The federal government faces a range of challenges in the 21st century, including the nation’s large and growing long-term fiscal imbalances and an aging and more diverse population. Given these challenges, the federal government needs to engage in a comprehensive review, reassessment, reprioritization, and, as appropriate, re-engineering of what the federal government does, how it does business, who does its business, and how government is financed. The Strategic Issues (SI) team focuses on the federal government’s role in achieving national goals in an increasingly networked environment and its ability to deliver, and ensure accountability for, meaningful results.

    The SI team focuses on:

    – re-examining the federal government’s role in achieving evolving national objectives.
    – supporting the transformation to a results-oriented, high-performing government.
    – supporting congressional oversight of key management challenges and program risks to improve federal operations and ensure accountability.
    – analyzing the government’s fiscal position and strengthening approaches for addressing the current and projected fiscal gap, and analyzing federal tax policy and administration.
    Requirements Successful candidates will have experience with one or more of the following:
    1) Analyses of the economic impacts (including tax causes distortions or inefficiencies in particular markets such as housing or health insurance as well as economy wide, tax incidence, distributional effects, and revenue effects) of tax policy.
    2) Detailed knowledge of the design intricacies of the individual income tax, the corporate income tax, the sales tax, value added taxes, etc. and an understanding of how those design features affect tax compliance and taxpayers compliance burden.
    3) Understand tools such as benefit/cost analysis and public goods.
    Responsibilities The SI team analyzes a range of public finance issues related to tax policy and administration, the federal budget, and intergovernmental relations. Recent studies cover tax reform, state and local fiscal capacity, effective corporate tax rates, specific tax preferences such as the research tax credit, and resource allocation within IRS. They seek public finance economists with applied microeconomic and econometric skills interested in the behavioral effects, incidence and benefits/costs of federal tax and other policies.

    Generally speaking, public finance economists do analyses of the economic efficiency and distributional effects (incidence) of government spending and tax policies. In SI’s case, the focus is more on the tax side, especially federal tax policy and administration. However, an SI Tax Economist could also expect to work on a broader range of topics including federal budget issues, such as long-term projections for federal deficits, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. Strong candidates will have a solid background in applied public finance — meaning an applied microeconomics and econometrics background combined with knowledge of federal tax policy, public goods and benefit/cost analysis. They will have shown interest in working on analyses of: tax caused distortions or inefficiencies in particular markets such as housing or health insurance; incidence or distributional effects of tax policy; revenue effects of tax policy; and tax compliance, tax administration, and taxpayer compliance burden.

    Compensation: Up to $114,642. No relocation expenses provided.
    Location: Washington, DC
    Education: Advanced degree preferred

    For more information, please contact:
    Darren DeGioia
    (301) 340-2210
    [email protected]

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