Diana Furchtgott-Roth is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R). She seeks to ensure that research, development and technology activities and budgets across the Department are fully aligned with the Department’s strategic goals and key areas of interest, and that Departmental statistics are reliable and of the highest quality. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth focuses on the deployment of innovation in America’s transportation system, with the goal of lowering barriers in the development of new technology.
Prior to joining DOT, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She has been a senior fellow and director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and an adjunct professor of economics at The George Washington University. She previously served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Deputy Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council; and Junior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is the author of five books and was a columnist for MarketWatch.com and Tax Notes. She received her BA in economics from Swarthmore College and her M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.