Government program analysts, sometimes called "government management analysts," are hired to examine and improve current governmental programs. Typically, these analysts perform research on specific topics or projects, and serve as consultant for the management of those projects.
Their research is often discussed in meetings and other discussions, and they also perform numerous writing tasks, including cost studies, reports on the programs they investigate, and written recommendations for improvements, so analytical skills are highly beneficial. Government program analysts also interact with higher management, generally to present reports or provide advice. They may also interact with different government and private agencies to obtain information and participate in meetings with program officials and supervisors.
More experienced analysts in this position may have additional responsibilities specific to each program; these may include analyzing and evaluating additional statistical reports, participating in meetings with program officials, and investigating findings from other independent investigations.
Candidates for the position should generally have a bachelor's degree in business, management, statistics, or a related field, and those with a master's degree may receive higher compensation. Before being hired, they must have developed strong knowledge of the missions, goals, and policies of the agency for which they will work.
Government Program Analyst Tasks
Oversee strategy and implementation of project and program plans.
Develop and implement policies and performance measurement goals.
Coordinate and disseminate program goals, and identify partners and stakeholders.
Identify, compile and analyze key data to guide decisions.