Jason J. FichtnerJason J. Fichtner is Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, a university-based research center at George Mason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) including Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Prior to the Social Security Administration, Jason was a Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the United States Congress. Jason’s primary research interests are Social Security, federal tax policy, budget issues, as well as policy proposals to increase saving and investment. Before joining the JEC, he was a Senior Consultant with the Office of Federal Tax Services of Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC.

Jason received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; his Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University; and his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from Virginia Tech.