His work in transportation economics centers on travel-demand forecasting as a vehicle for studying the potential of Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies, and congestion-pricing policies to reduce highway congestion and improve welfare. Austin has also recently helped initiate a study of the economic implications of potential policies toward utility-generated mercury emissions, including the posting of fish advisories. With this work, he again takes up the modeling of aquatic effects of atmospheric pollutant deposition, for which he developed a detailed, integrated-assessment model of Maryland's principal aquatic ecosystems.
His work has been published in The American Economic Review, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Contemporary Economic Policy, among others.
Dr. Austin is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Stanford University, his Master's degree in statistics from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Alan Balutis is the Director of the Advanced Technology Program. He came to Washington in 1975 as a National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Fellow. He worked in a variety of budget, personnel, policy and legislation, and management analysis positions at the then-Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) before coming to the Department of Commerce in 1979. At HEW, he was a member of a small staff assembled to implement major Departmental reorganization, involving several programs with a combined budget of over $52 billion and more than 10,000 employees.
Prior to coming to Washington, he served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked with the New York State Legislature and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He is the author or co-author of four books, over 100 articles, and numerous conference papers on government reorganization, legislative reform, budgeting, and internship programs.
In the Department of Commerce, he worked as Director, Office of Systems and Special Projects (1983-84), as Director, Office of Management and Organization (1984-87), as Director for Budget, Management, and Information (1987-98), and as Deputy Chief Information Officer (1998-2000), where he was responsible for Information Technology (IT) and oversight of total expenditures of $1.1 billion and created the first major systems oversight board in the government. In April 2000, he was appointed Director of the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
An active member of the newly established CIO Council, he headed their Strategic Planning Committee and the Outreach Committee. He currently co-chairs the Electronic Government Committee.