Michael Hand serves as OES Evidence Lead. His work with the team focuses on supporting agencies as they implement the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, as well as projects to improve natural resource management and improve the cost effectiveness of Government operations. Prior to joining OES Michael was a Research Economist with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests include the benefits people derive from forests, the economics of wildfire suppression, and risk perception and preferences of public managers. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico.