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


Approved by the Engineering Practice Policy Committee on March 15, 2018
Approved by the Public Policy Committee May 6, 2018
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 13, 2018


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) encourages and supports the appointment of civil engineers to policy level positions in government agencies. ASCE will recommend and endorse candidates for appointed office as appropriate.  


America's infrastructure is deteriorating at a time when it is becoming ever more essential to United States efforts to compete in the global economy. Engineering projects that address infrastructure needs are complex requiring long-term life-cycle costs, integration of new technologies, and sustainability. Licensed civil engineers' knowledge, experience, and judgement are essential when 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 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. Coordination of technical activities, regulations, research, and development is needed. There should be policy level participation of civil engineers with appropriate expertise in program decisions to maximize the benefits to America's infrastructure and to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

ASCE Policy Statement 101
First Approved in 1953