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Job Title:Economist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:12-CRD-031 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 01, 2012 to Friday, October 19, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals.



The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section  of the Civil Rights Division is seeking an economist to serve in its fair lending unit.

The Housing Section has responsibility for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in all types of housing transactions including housing-related lending, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits patterns or practices of discrimination by financial institutions in all types of lending.  The Section also enforces other federal civil rights laws including: Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation; the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits state and local government land use and zoning practices that discriminate against or impose substantial burdens on religious institutions; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides certain legal protections for military service members.

Civil Rights Division (Division) offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions.  Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities.  Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.


The individual selected for this position will work with staff attorneys and other professionals, such as a mathematical statistician, and other economist, to identify and investigate potential illegal discrimination.  As such, the incumbent performs the following duties and responsibilities.

·         Develops, estimate and evaluate econometric models, engage in other statistical analysis, and manipulate and evaluate large databases;

·         Identify statistical patterns consistent with discrimination and calculate monetary damages; and

Work as part of a team on specific investigations.  Candidates will be expected to conduct and manage multiple investigations.


A. Degree; 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 shown in “A” above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Requirement listed above, candidates should have a background in applied econometrics or a related field and experience conducting statistical analyses using statistical software.  Experience conducting research and analysis in an area related to lending discrimination, such as applied microeconomics, urban economics, labor economics, statistical analysis of employment or housing discrimination, or demography is preferred.  Candiddates also must be able to communicate clearly and work independently. 

The quality of the specialized experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the occupation and which is typically related to the work of the position to be filled. 

Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Examples of specialized experience include experience performing empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring data assembly and manipulation with minimal supervision; selection and use of appropriate existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques; application of current methodologies and/or theories to reach appropriate results or conclusions;  projects or assignments involving working cooperatively with a group or under the direction of other  professionals; and presentation of results in a variety  of written or oral formats. 

Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level.

Examples of specialized experience include experience performing  empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the collection, manipulation, evaluation and interpretation of large data sets; development of new techniques or extension of existing econometric or statistical analysis techniques for application to major projects significant to the success of organization activities;  projects or assignments involving coordinating a group of professionals; and presentation of authoritative results or conclusions in a variety of written or oral formats designed to maximize user understanding. 

Qualifying experience for the GS-15 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-14 level.

Examples of specialized experience include experience performing complex empirical research or statistical analysis projects requiring the independent design of procedures or protocols for collection, manipulation, evaluation and/or interpretation of large data sets; development either independently or as a team leader of new econometric or statistical analysis techniques and means for application to major projects  to reach appropriate results or conclusions significant to the success of major organization activities;  projects or assignments involving leading a group of professionals and resolving operational or personnel problems; development of interpretive materials presenting results and conclusions of major empirical projects in a balanced, thorough manner to maximize understanding for a wide variety of audiences.  


You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security check.   Continued employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.


The resume you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether your experience is sufficient to meet the specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement.  Your resume must reflect that you possess the competencies listed below.


Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. This means that candidates will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category based on their application and veteran’s preference.  Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

Individuals with veteran’s preference will be placed ahead of other applicants within each rating category.  Preference-eligible veterans who have at least a 10 percent compensable service-connected disability, and who have met the basic qualification requirements, will be placed ahead of other applicants in the highest category for all but professional and scientific positions.

There are three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified.

NOTE:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be contacted to prepare a written narrative for each of the competencies below.  Your responses to the statements below will be evaluated to determine your rating. 

·         Skill in empirical economic or statistical research in an area related to fair lending, such as applied microeconomics, urban economics, labor economics, or demography.

·         Skill in estimating econometric models and using statistical software, particularly SAS, and in manipulating and analyzing large data sets.  Please describe in detail relevant experience using statistical software (specify the software packages used).

·         Ability to work independently, often juggling and prioritizing multiple projects.

·         Ability to cogently explain, orally and in writing, complex economic and statistical analysis to non-economists.  (Please submit a writing sample of at least five pages.) 

·         Ability to work as part of a team, generally led by a trial attorney; and the ability to work with others.



The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:    


When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

Selectees who are not currently employed by the Offices, Boards, and Divisions of the Department of Justice will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

One or more positions may be filled from this announcement if identical vacancies occur 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificates.

The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-verify program.



You must submit your application so that it will be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

Applicants must either fax or email their application in by the closing date for this position.  Please submit your application via fax at 202-514-6603 or by email to  If you are submitting your application via email, please indicate the Vacancy Announcement number and position title in the subject line.


Required Documents:  (are permissible w/ initial application only if specified in announcement.)

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter preferred but not required).
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure. 
  • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position and receive credit for your education for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if your grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement, your official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Applicants must identify the grade level(s) they wish to be considered for.  If no grade level is specified, then we will only consider you for the highest grade you would qualify for.
  • All current Federal employees must provide a copy of their current Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement).
  • Applicants unable to provide their most recent performance appraisal must provide written justification for its absence.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  (1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; (2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:


Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.


·         In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

·         In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

·         Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under “How You Will Be Evaluated,” veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified)


Selective Service:  If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


Application delivered using government mail or postage will not be accepted.



Betsy Allen
Phone: (202)514-3934
Fax: (202)514-6603
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights Division
600 E Street NW
Room 3105
20004 Fax: (202)514-6603


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Control Number: 326362300
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