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    If you are a non-status candidate, please apply under Announcement OMB-18-21-KJ-DE.

    The Office of Management of Budget is a component within the Executive Office of the President that helps Federal departments and agencies implement the commitments and priorities of the President. As the implementation and oversight arm of government-wide policy, OMB carries out its mission through five critical processes that are essential to the implementation of Presidential priorities: (1) Budget development and execution; a significant government-wide process managed from OMB and a mechanism by which a President implements decisions, policies, priorities, and actions in all areas; (2) Management - oversight of agency performance, Federal procurement, financial management, and information/IT; (3) Coordination and review of all significant Federal regulations by executive agencies, to reflect Presidential priorities and to ensure that economic and other impacts are assessed as part of regulatory decision-making, along with review and assessment of information collection requests; (4) Legislative clearance and coordination (review and clearance of all agency communications with Congress, including testimony and draft bills) to ensure consistency of agency legislative views and proposals with Presidential policy; and (5) Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda to agency heads and officials, the mechanisms by which the President directs specific government-wide actions by Executive Branch officials. To learn more about OMB, please visit http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/OMB

    The Economic Policy Division in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is an advisory unit with about six Ph.D. economists. Together, we provide expertise across many fields, including tax, labor, education, finance, and macroeconomics. We work with other components within OMB and the Executive Office of the President on developing policy proposals, estimating budgetary costs, and responding to other requests from leadership. We report to the Chief Economist of OMB and have numerous interactions with the Director's Office.

    **Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.

    Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.

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    This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Economic Policy Division. This Division is responsible for economic research and participates in a wide range of cross-cutting economic studies. The Division includes economists specializing in a variety of fields.

    The applicant may be expected to:

    • Research issues in economics with high relevance to the fiscal condition of the Federal Government.
    • Develop economic tools to evaluate current conditions and project future trends in the overall economy, and measure the impact of fiscal policy and programmatic changes on the economy.
    • Research the effectiveness, benefits and costs of tax policies and spending programs, developing econometric or other economic models. These assessments serve as the basis for the formation and coordination of economic policies.
    • Participate in a variety of cross-cutting research studies with other staff members in the Office of Economic Policy, other divisions of OMB, and other Federal agencies.
    • Conduct research for and write and/or review chapters in the Analytical Perspectives companion volume to the President's Budget.
    • Review current economic and technical literature for concepts, conclusions, and data.
    • Critique materials for consideration by the Council of Economic Advisors, the National Economic Council and the Domestic Policy Council. Review legislation, testimony, and speeches for delivery by the President, Vice President, Director, and other Administration spokespersons.
    • Work with staff and policymakers throughout OMB, EOP, and other agencies on a range of issues.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
    • Direct Deposit is required
    • Suitability for Federal employment
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.


    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.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

    You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates completing cost-benefit analysis; net present value analysis; presenting complex economic concepts to non-economists; creating and maintaining a data set; or formulating economic reports; must have experience in recognizing and evaluating critical factors to solve complex problems and to draw rational inferences based on research findings; OR
    B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (must be received no later than August 2018). Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include coursework in economics and econometric methods taught at a sufficiently advanced and mathematically intensive level that the curriculum relied on and required knowledge of linear (matrix) algebra and multivariate calculus; OR
    C. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

    You may qualify at the GS- 13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates conducting economic studies and analyses (in fields such as macroeconomics, tax, trade, labor, education, finance, health, public finance, microeconomics, or econometrics) in order to observe patterns, draw logical conclusions, and present findings clearly; communicating economic information, concepts, and trends to diverse groups; or participating on a team responsible for the production of economic data.

    You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates experience locating and exploring the most fruitful areas of research; complete responsibility for carrying through research plans; or assuming full technical responsibility for the interpretation and application of findings.

    You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates experience providing leadership and direction for economic research or analyses; assuming responsibility for economic research of significant importance and difficulty which are undertaken to resolve urgent, practical problems; or furnishing economic advice and counsel on important decisions regarding the planning and execution of economic policy.

    Specialized experience could also include planning and conducting economic research and analysis to help develop policies or strategies with respect to economic policy; or preparing reports and analysis regarding economic phenomena in fields such as macroeconomics, finance, trade, tax, education, health, public finance, microeconomics, econometrics, etc.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Additional information

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information
    visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Candidates must prepare, using specific examples, a brief description of their qualifications as they relate to each of the selective placement factors listed below. Failure to address these factors WILL result in a rating of INELIGIBLE. Candidates who do not meet these factors are ineligible for this position.

    1. Successful completion of two or more full academic years' worth of coursework in economics and econometric methods taught at a sufficiently advanced and mathematically intensive level that the curriculum relied on and required knowledge of linear (matrix) algebra and multivariate calculus combined with successful production of two or more "peer reviewed" research papers (journal or book article) or Ph.D. dissertation chapters applying econometric and statistical methods to the study of economic phenomena. These research papers should demonstrate the successful use of one or more of the following statistical software packages: SAS, Stata, Matlab, R, C++, Gauss, LIMDEP, RATS and/or Python.

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Evaluation and Planning, Oral Communication, Research, Teamwork, and Written Communication

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement
    • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
    • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
    • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account
    (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and uploaded, (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

    Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.

    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10106272.

    Agency contact information

    Client Services EOP - OA


    Office of Management and Budget
    725 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20503
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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

    After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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