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Policy Statement 416 - Government Engineering Management Positions


Approved by the Committee on Advancing the Profession on February 14, 2018
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on March 13, 2018
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 13, 2018


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) encourages the selection and appointment of licensed professional engineers to government positions requiring professional engineering knowledge for operational or management decisions. Such positions include those involving the formulation and implementation of public policy, including the oversight of design and construction of public works projects, e.g., directors of public works/utilities, leaders and managers of civil engineering related government entities, and other positions affecting the public health, safety and welfare.


There are many positions in government that require an individual to oversee design, construction and/or maintenance of engineering structures or projects. Often these positions involve supervision of engineering professionals. The public interest is best served when these positions are filled by licensed professional engineers who understand the impact of engineering decisions on the public health, safety, and welfare. 


ASCE recognizes the importance of having qualified engineers lead agencies that have a direct impact on the public health, safety, and welfare. Agency leaders establish public policy and develop procedures for the design and implementation of construction projects. It is imperative that these policies and procedures be developed by licensed professional engineers who are technically competent. 

This policy has worldwide application
ASCE Policy Statement 416 
First Approved in 1993