This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Economist GS-0110-11/12/13

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:12AN1-LBX0010-0110-11-13

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 13, 2012 to Monday, July 16, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies in the following location(s):
Phoenix, AZ, US
Glendale, CA, US
Laguna Niguel, CA, US
San Francisco, CA, US
San Jose, CA, US
More Locations  (21)

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. CITIZENS, NO PRIOR FEDERAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED

Individuals who are applying and also wish to be considered through the Merit Promotion process under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), must indicate their interest at the top of their resume.

JOB SUMMARY:

WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

Please note: This announcement may close prior to 7/16/12 if it's determined that there's a sufficient applicant pool to fill the vacancy(ies).

  • The following cut-off dates have been identified for the order of consideration: 03/19/12, 04/16/12, 05/07/12, 05/29/12, & 06/11/12. The initial cut-off date of 03/19/12 will begin applicant consideration. Applications received after the initial cut-off date will be considered in date order as listed and as needed. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.
  • WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? Economists perform assignments based on research and analyses involved in examinations, including complex issues covering a range of industries and specializations. They conduct microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions, financial markets, interest rates, product life cycles, etc. They review and analyze economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; recommend assistance or withdrawal; develop an effective work plan, and conduct research in source materials. They explain and defend research findings to the taxpayer, taxpayer's representatives, exam team, Appeals, Counsel, and other IRS personnel. They provide technical guidance and serve as qualified witnesses for the Government in cases reaching litigation.

    WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL DIVISION? The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement. As our name suggests, international tax administration is an important part of what we do in LB&I. As part of the LB&I team, you may be assigned to work in International, or with one of six industry segments: Communications Technology and Media, Financial Services, Global High Wealth, Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation, Natural Resources and Construction, or Retailers, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare. Regardless of where you serve, you will be supported by a variety of specialists (economists, engineers, field specialists and technical advisors) as you tackle the most complex foreign and domestic tax issues.

     

  • Applicants will be asked to identify the specific locations for which they wish to be considered. Please do not select a location for which you are not willing to work.
  • Mandatory Training: All applicants selected for these positions will receive approximately 2 weeks of Orientation/Core Competency training at onset, with subsequent weeks of classroom training scheduled based upon position specialty area, and at least 10-22 weeks of on-the job training. Overnight travel is generally required for orientation and most classroom training, while on-the-job training is generally provided in the employee's post of duty. The training program consists of alternating periods of classroom and on-the-job training conducted during the first year.
  • Amended 4/16/12:  Anticipated start date changed to 7/30/12.
  • Amended 3/22/12 to include: VEOA referral language under “How You Will Be Evaluated”.
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  • The anticipated start date is 07/30/12.
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    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
    • Travel: may be required 6 to 10 nights per month.
    • Moving expenses: not authorized.
    • Must identify start/end dates (mm/yy) for positions listed on your resume.
    • Must identify hours per week for positions listed on your resume.

    DUTIES:

    As an Economist you will: GS-11/12 LEVEL

  • Perform assignments based on research and analyses involved in examinations, including complex issues covering a range of industries and specializations.
  • Conduct microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices, interest rates, competitive conditions, trade barriers and product life cycles.
  • Review and analyze economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; recommend formal or limited assistance or withdrawal; develop an effective work plan, conduct research in source materials that include databases, journals and government publications.
  • Explain and defend research findings to the taxpayer, taxpayer's representatives, exam team, Appeals, Counsel, and other IRS personnel, and serve as a witness in cases reaching litigation.
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    GS-13 LEVEL

  • Provide expert technical advice and direction to service employees relative to the largest and most complex economic issues.
  • Provide technical support on complex cases which have economic issues and entail in-depth analyses of economic structures, interest rates, business practices, product life cycles, etc.
  • Prepare written findings, reports and other technical guidance.
  • Perform multiple assignments or projects of a highly technical nature requiring advanced economic knowledge, and make precedent-setting and industry - or nationwide determinations.

  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    You must meet both of the following basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement. BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • A. Bachelor's or higher degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus. OR
  • B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics as show in A above plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • GS-11 LEVEL
  • In addition to the basic requirement for this position, applicants for the GS-11 level must meet A, B, or C below.
  • A. 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR
  • B. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Economics. OR
  • 1 year of full time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level.
  • Specialized experience is such that demonstrates: basic knowledge of statistical principles and practices; broad knowledge of current research procedures and techniques; knowledge of economic significance of the information reported on tax returns, present and prior tax laws and the impact of the proposed tax law changes on research projects; knowledge of the types of economic and statistical programs conducted in other Federal agencies and their usefulness in evaluating or completing research projects; skill in developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; skill in recognizing and adopting new techniques to fit the needs of research projects; skill in effectively dealing with and obtaining cooperation from professional employees both in and out of Government; professional knowledge of the methods, principles and concepts of economics and their application to research projects.
  • Providing assistance in developing detailed specifications for performing several or all of the steps necessary to complete a project for collecting economic data (e.g., employment statistics or marketing data) from primary sources such as records of business firms;
  • Assuming technical responsibility for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, execution and control of special studies or continuous projects;
  • Resolving complex problems or errors requiring professional attention;
  • Monitoring effective use of resources to advise supervisors of necessary remedial action or changes;
  • Performing research to locate new sources of data and analysis. OR
  • C. Combination of graduate education and experience equivalent to that defined above.
  • GS-12 LEVEL
  • In addition to the basic requirements for this position, candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is such that demonstrates: professional knowledge of economic concepts, theories, principles and practices related to research and analyses of a variety of business specializations; skill in analyzing factual information to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, solve problems, draw rational economic conclusions and prepare reports; basic knowledge of economic factors related to international movements of goods and services, consumers and labor, money, and technology and have an understanding of the variety of factors affecting international economic movements such as tariffs, national and international law, transportation systems, and geographic considerations to address international issues, skill in oral communications to maintain professional relationships.
  • Conducting research and analyses involved in examinations that include issues covering a narrow range of industries and specializations;
  • Providing assistance and conducting various kinds of microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions; competitive conditions, trade barriers, government imposed barriers, financial markets, interest rates, technology transfers and product life cycles;
  • Participating in reviews and analyses of economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; conducts research in databases, professional journals and publications, government publications, and studies by other economists;
  • Assists in analysis to determine the value of tangible and intangible products, services, and assets, and provides input to the evaluation of the values and analyses reported by taxpayers.
  • GS-13 LEVEL
  • In addition to the basic requirements for this position, candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is such that requires the application of comprehensive knowledge of economic concepts, theories, principles and practices related to research and analyses of a variety of business specializations; expansive knowledge of economic factors related to international movements of goods and services, consumers and labor, money and technology and an understanding of the variety of factors affecting international economic movements such as national tariffs, national and international law, transportation systems, and geographic considerations to address international issues; knowledge and skill in analyzing factual information to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, solve increasingly complex problems, draw rational economic conclusions, and prepare comprehensive reports; knowledge and skill in oral communications to explain and defend research findings. Serves where necessary as a qualified witness for the Government in litigation cases.
  • Conducting various kinds of microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions;
  • Performing research and analyses involved in examinations that include complex issues covering an extensive range of industries and specializations;
  • Reviews and analyzes economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; develops an effective work plan, conducts research in databases, professional journals and publications, government publications and studies by other economists;
  • Conducts various kinds of microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions, competitive conditions, trade barriers, government imposed barriers, financial markets, interest rates, technology transfers and product life cycles;
  • Reviews and analyzes economic, statistical and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue;
  • In tandem with senior economists, performs analysis to determine the value of tangible and intangible products, services, and assets, and evaluates the values and analysis reported by taxpayers.

  • Proof of education requirement must be received with application for consideration. Failure to submit will result in an incomplete application.

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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Reading/Research - Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations. Written Communications - Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts in writing, using correct and appropriate grammar, organization, and structure. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. For tips preparing your resume click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf; for cover letter tips click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf.
    2. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.) Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service -connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.
    3. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
    4. For Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) applicants:       Applicants who indicate VEOA consideration on the top of their resume will receive consideration for both Delegated Examining (DE) and for Merit Promotion (See 2 and 3 above for the DE competitive process). If eligible and qualified, you will be rated and ranked based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, performance and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your application will be referred to the selecting official through the Merit Promotion process if you are among the top qualified candidates.

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    BENEFITS:

    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at: https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Judy Harnden at (978) 474-9460 or at recruiterandover@irs.gov. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9_IFR_02-02-09.pdf)); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.


  • HOW TO APPLY:

    The application process has 6 STEPS: STEP 1: Create an account at: https://my.usajobs.gov . STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS. STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to http://jobs.irs.gov/USAJOBS , copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!" STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy". STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions. STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?

    1. Log into My USAJOBS at https://my.usajobs.gov with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to: www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTATION Job Readiness Certification/Disability Proof - You must contact the individual listed in this announcement and provide supporting documentation if you want consideration under a Special Hiring Authority

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE/VEOA DOCUMENTATION For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

    NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Nina Ferraro
    Phone: (978) 474-5947
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: hco.recruiter.andove@irs.gov
    Agency Information:
    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    310 Lowell St-Stop 234
    Attn: Nina/0010
    Andover, MA
    01810
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

    Additional Duty Location Info

    MANY vacancies in the following locations:
    Phoenix, AZ, US
    Glendale, CA, US
    Laguna Niguel, CA, US
    San Francisco, CA, US
    San Jose, CA, US
    Denver, CO, US
    Washington, DC, US
    Tampa, FL, US
    Atlanta, GA, US
    Chicago, IL, US
    Boston, MA, US
    Stoneham, MA, US
    Bloomington, MN, US
    Brooklyn Center, MN, US
    Saint Louis, MO, US
    Edison, NJ, US
    Mountainside, NJ, US
    New York, NY, US
    Cincinnati, OH, US
    Columbus, OH, US
    Tulsa, OK, US
    Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Nashville, TN, US
    Farmers Branch, TX, US
    Houston, TX, US
    Seattle, WA, US

    Control Number: 309432100
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