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BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS DOO 35-1B: BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Number: DOO 35-1B
Effective Date: 2017-05-17

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SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

.01 This Order prescribes the organization and assignment of functions within the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

.02     This revision: reflects the consolidation of the Senior Executive Service (SES) positions of Chief Statistician and Chief Economist into one SES position of Chief Economist; documents the re-described Chief Economist duties; reflects the establishment of the SES position of Chief Innovation Officer; reflects the re-establishment of  the SES position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); specifies that the Administrative Services Division and Communications Division report directly to the CAO; retitles the Industry Benchmark Division to the Industry Sector Division; retitles the Current Industry Analysis Division to the Industry Analysis Division; retitles the Regional Economic Analysis Division to the Regional Product Division; retitles the Regional Economic Measurement Division to the Regional Income Division; and removes reference to units reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO).


SECTION 2.  ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE.

The principal organizational structure and line of authority shall be as depicted in the attached organization chart (Exhibit 1).


SECTION 3.  OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR.

.01    The Director of the Bureau shall manage BEA, including the development of policies and plans, and direction of day-to-day operations.

.02    The Deputy Director participates fully with the Director of the Bureau in the development and implementation of the policies and programs and in the direction of the Bureau, and performs the duties of the Director during the latter’s absence or in the event of a vacancy in that office. These activities include formulating the strategies, policies, and plans of the Bureau and directing its activities in the areas of economic accounts; statistical methods, standards and research; strategic planning; information technology (IT); and consultation on, and representation of, the Bureau’s programs.

.03       Staff Elements.
a.         The Chief Economist shall plan and develop BEA’s research program in support of new concepts and methods to be implemented by the Associate Directors for National, International, Industry and Regional Accounts; advise the Director with regard to major conceptual and theoretical developments in economic accounting; and serve as BEA’s liaison to the academic and research community.

The Chief Economist also shall oversee the development and improvement of mathematical and statistical techniques and assure improvement and integration of the source data used in the production and analysis of BEA’s national income and product, balance of payments, and related accounts; perform critical appraisals of the statistical and economic studies of BEA; conduct independent research that explores and exploits all applicable statistical methods for BEA’s use; and serve as a key technical adviser on statistical activities to the Director for BEA and, in this capacity, serve as chief auditor of all statistical operations.

b.         The Chief Innovation Officer shall advise the Director on a vision to guide bureau-wide innovations to the BEA economic accounts and leads the development of new statistical products by identifying, documenting, and prioritizing major methodological and product initiatives. The Chief Innovation Officer shall also address the cross-program coordination issues related to improving the economic accounts and harmonizing all of the GDP products. The Chief Innovation Officer shall employ a proactive, integrative approach that mirrors the interconnectedness of today’s economy; as economic activities become increasingly interconnected, so does the work of BEA’s program areas through each stage of the research, production, and publication processes.


SECTION 4.  ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR NATIONAL ECONOMIC ACCOUNTS.

The Associate Director for National Economic Accounts shall plan and coordinate the systems of national economic accounts maintained by BEA that focus on income, expenditure, and wealth estimates, including the national income and product accounts, and advise the Director in this field. The Associate Director shall direct the following units:

.01       The Government Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze the Federal, State, and local government accounts of the United States within the economic accounting framework, including estimates of national defense purchases of goods and services; cooperate in the translation of the Federal budget into economic accounting terms for publication in the Budget of the United States and the Economic Report of the President; and conduct research in the quantitative study of public finance.

.02       The National Income and Wealth Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze the national income and product, and the wealth accounts of the United States, including estimates of gross domestic product and income by type, personal income and its disposition, the sources and uses of saving, and national wealth by type of asset and ownership; and conduct research in the techniques required to analyze the national income and product, and wealth accounts.

SECTION 5.  ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR INDUSTRY ACCOUNTS.

The Associate Director for Industry Accounts shall plan and coordinate the systems of national economic accounts maintained by BEA that focus on industry estimates, including the input-output accounts, and the gross domestic product by industry accounts, and advise the Director in this field. The Office of the Associate Director shall also develop and prepare satellite accounts that are designed to expand the analytical capacity of the national income and product accounts and the industry accounts by focusing on a particular aspect of the industry(ies) of the economy, and analyzing its role in the economy. The Associate Director shall direct the following units:

.01       The Industry Sector Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze the benchmark input-output accounts of the United States that are produced every five years for comprehensive revisions of the national income and product accounts. At the detailed level, the accounts show the flow of goods and services to and from each industry and to final markets and the income originating from them. The Industry Sector Division shall also conduct research in input-output techniques and prepare special industry studies.

.02       The Industry Analysis Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze a time series of accounts that show integrated information on the inputs and outputs of the Nation’s industries and the income originating from them. These accounts show detailed data on industry production and structural changes in the economy. The Industry Analysis Division shall also conduct research on input-output and time-series techniques and prepare special industry studies.


SECTION 6.  ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR REGIONAL ECONOMICS.

The Associate Director for Regional Economics shall plan and coordinate the regional economic measurement and analysis programs of BEA and advise the Director in this field. The Associate Director shall direct the following units:

.01       The Regional Product Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze estimates of gross state product; conduct research in regional economics, with special attention to the factors determining the levels and rates of growth of regional economies; conduct special analyses of regional economies in cooperation with government agencies and private groups; and provide regional multipliers.

.02       The Regional Income Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze estimates of personal income by type of income and industrial source for each of the States, metropolitan areas, and counties of the Nation; conduct research in regional economic measurement techniques; and maintain a regional economic information system.


SECTION 7.  ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS.

The Associate Director for International Economics shall plan and coordinate the international economics program of BEA and advise the Director in this field. The Associate Director shall direct the following units:

.01       The Balance of Payments Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze the balance of payments accounts of the United States, including detail by foreign geographic area; conduct surveys to obtain data to construct the balance of payments accounts, including surveys of foreign transactions of Government agencies; conduct and compile surveys of international services transactions; conduct research in the techniques required to interpret the balance of payments accounts, and prepare and analyze the international investment position of the United States

.02       The Direct Investment Division shall prepare, develop, and analyze data on U.S. direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in the United States, and support the IT systems used throughout the International Economics Directorate. This requires designing and processing surveys; verifying the accuracy of survey data; performing research to keep mailing lists up to date; creating universe estimates from sample data; producing output tables; and performing suppression analysis. It also requires managing the IT systems that hold data used throughout the international economic accounts.


SECTION 8.  CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER.

The Chief Information Officer shall plan and coordinate the IT program for BEA and advises the Director consistent with existing Federal and Departmental policies and guidelines. Additional areas of CIO responsibility include capital planning and investment analysis under the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (40 U.S.C. §§11312-11315), IT security under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. §3506), Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, Pub. L. 113-283 (Dec. 18, 2014), and IT purchasing under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Pub. L. 113-291, Title VIII, Subtitle D, Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act of 2014. The CIO represents BEA on IT matters with the Department, other agencies, and private organizations. The CIO provides IT management oversight to all IT personnel within BEA.


SECTION 9.  CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

The Chief Administrative Officer shall provide oversight and guidance on management policy and administrative and communications activities across the Bureau and advises the Director consistent with existing Federal and Departmental policies and guidelines, ensuring that resources and operating processes are efficiently and effectively integrated, managed, and supported to meet mission needs. The CAO shall direct the following units:

.01       The Administrative Services Division shall be responsible for budget formulation, budget execution, financial management, procurement, contracting, travel, physical and personnel security, facilities management, human capital management, performance management, property management, records management, awards, and training.

.02       The Communications Division shall analyze, prepare, and implement BEA’s internal and external communications strategies and programs, including congressional and media relations, public information, news releases and indicator dissemination, outreach, publications, data users’ events, and development, maintenance, and management of internal and external Web sites.


SECTION 10.  EFFECT ON OTHER ORDERS.

This Order supersedes Department Organization Order 35-1B dated February 29, 2008.

 

Signed by: Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

Approved by: Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration

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