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Policy Statement 101 - Appointment of Engineers to Policy Positions in Government

ASCE Policy Statement                                                                                                           101




Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on March 22, 2012
Approved by the Public Policy Committee May 4, 2012
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 20, 2012



The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) strongly supports the appointment of civil engineers to policy level positions in government agencies.


America’s infrastructure is increasingly deteriorating at a time when it is becoming ever more essential to U.S. efforts to compete in the global economy.  Engineering projects to address infrastructure needs are becoming much more complex and must consider long-term, life-cycle costs, integration of new technologies, and sustainable development.  Engineering decisions on projects of significant magnitude and complexity have a lasting impact on the public health, safety and welfare. Social, economic, environmental and political considerations must be balanced with sound engineering judgment in the public policy making process.


Civil engineering is the profession with the knowledge, expertise, and judgment that is vital in establishing sound public policy.  Engineering judgment should be included at the policy level for better understanding and resolution of engineering problems and conflicts, from mission conception to implementation.  Coordination of technical programs, regulations, research and development are needed.  There should be policy level participation of engineers with appropriate expertise in program decisions.

ASCE has the capability and responsibility to identify and recommend civil engineers who will serve in the best public interest for policy level non‑merit positions. 


ASCE Policy Statement 101 
First Approved in 1953