Many areas in which the federal government issues regulations involve
questions of public health. These include the safety of our food
supply, the level of pollutants in the air or water, and the occupational
exposure to chemicals of workers on the job. In developing regulations,
agencies often must make assessments of the public health implications
of their actions in order to better understand the benefits of specific
regulatory options and to help develop appropriate regulatory strategies.
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an office
within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking an experienced
public health scientist to help in its oversight of agency regulatory
policy. OIRA resides in the Executive Office of the President and
is responsible for reviewing regulations from agencies of the executive
branch under Executive Order 12866. OIRA staff assess the regulations,
work with the agencies to improve them, and advise Administration
decisionmakers. An important part of this function is an assessment
of the benefits and costs of agency regulatory actions. Adequately
evaluating the problems that federal regulation is designed to solve
and analyzing the impacts of various regulatory solutions often
involves issues of public health science. An assessment of public
health implications of regulation, for example, plays an important
role in policies developed by the Environmental Protection Agency,
the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, as well as many other agencies.
The public health scientist will work with OIRA and agency staff
in evaluating the epidemiological evidence in areas in which agencies
wish to regulate. This will involve evaluation of agency assessments
of the relationship between hazards and human health, and on the
scientific work that agencies need to do to assess the need for
regulation. The public health scientist will also advise senior
policy officials within OMB and the White House on regulatory and
information policy issues and participate in the development and
execution of Presidential initiatives. Finally, the public health
scientist will work on comparing the epidemiological standards used
by different agencies and ensuring that consistent sound science
is a hallmark of governmental regulatory policy.
Candidates should have a strong background in epidemiology and public
health policy. Education or experience in public policy is desirable.
Graduate training (M.S., Sc.D., or Ph.D.) and work experience is
expected. Working in OIRA also requires excellent written and oral
communication skills, and the ability to provide well-reasoned and
accurate analysis in a high-pressure environment.
Interested candidates should contact Stuart Shapiro at (202) 395-7316
or email him at email@example.com.