Jason J. Fichtner
Jason J. Fichtner is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration, including as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist, and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Dr. Fichtner has also served as Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Dr. Fichtner’s primary research interests include Social Security, federal tax policy, federal budget policy, retirement security, and policy proposals to increase saving and investment.
Before joining the JEC, he served as Senior Consultant with the Office of Federal Tax Services of Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC. He worked on transfer pricing issues for large multinational corporations to ensure compliance with U.S. and international tax regulations. Dr. Fichtner started his DC-based career as an Economist with the Research Division of the Internal Revenue Service, where he forecast return volumes and developed econometric models to assist tax compliance and administrative initiatives.
Dr. Fichtner earned his BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; his MPP from Georgetown University; and his PhD in Public Administration & Policy from Virginia Tech. His dissertation research focused on the use of tax distribution tables in the federal tax policy arena.
Dr. Fichtner was elected by his fellow Georgetown alumni to serve a two-year term on the inaugural Georgetown Public Policy Institute Alumni Board starting in 2005. The other members of the Board subsequently elected him chairman. He continues to serve as a member of the GPPI Alumni Board. Dr. Fichtner was honored as the 2006 recipient of the Colin Campbell Award, which recognizes GPPI alumni for their support of the GPPI community. Dr. Fichtner also received Virginia Tech's award for Outstanding Recent Alumnus of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for 2009-2010.
Dr. Fichtner serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy where he teaches courses in Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy Process, Public Management, and Public Budgeting Processes.