USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber announced Friday the selection of Robert Johansson as USDA Deputy Chief Economist. "Robert Johansson is well-prepared for the demands of this post through years of demonstrated analysis and experience," Glauber said.
As Deputy Chief Economist, Johansson is responsible for assisting the Chief Economist in developing a comprehensive system of analysis that integrates economic policy with complex domestic and foreign agricultural and rural issues. He will also continue to monitor energy and environmental issues.
Johansson began working for USDA in January 2001 at the Economic Research Service where he led research efforts regarding estimation and modeling of farm management and associated impacts on prices, trade, production, and air and water quality.
In 2006, Johansson moved to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, where he worked as economist and policy analyst on environmental, energy, and agricultural regulations. In 2008, he moved to the Congressional Budget Office to work on climate change and energy policy issues.
In 2010, he returned as a senior economist to USDA’s Climate Change Program Office where he helped analyze land use and land use change for climate change proposals and coordinated USDA’s policy and technical position on the use of biomass in energy production.
Johansson was detailed to the White House in 2011 to be the senior economist for energy, environment, and agriculture on the Council of Economic Advisers. There he worked on budgetary and regulatory policies for USDA, the EPA, and the Department of Energy.