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    FTC economists make independent policy recommendations to the Commission based on their theoretical and empirical analysis of the relevant issues. Research by FTC economists is supported and encouraged, in part through the Bureau's working paper series, seminar series, and the annual FTC Microeconomics Conference. FTC economists regularly present their work at seminars and conferences, and publish in top journals.

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    As an Economist at the Federal Trade Commission you will perform the following duties:

    1. Applying statistical, mathematical, and econometric techniques to the analysis of data in order to give empirical content to economic theories and test hypotheses.
    2. Providing analysis and interpretation of economic and related information that is relied upon in policy and program decision-making.
    3. Identifying or designing the appropriate statistical tests of various theories, selecting or efficiently collecting the appropriate data to satisfy the theoretical requirements of the underlying model, and analyzing and reporting the results of that analysis.
    4. Conducting investigations, reviews, and studies that apply a thorough knowledge of microeconomic theory to study the behavior of individual consumers, firms, and industries in order to analyze how markets establish relative prices among goods and services and thereby allocate limited resources among alternative uses.
    5. Developing oral and written products, tailored to the needs of the audience, in support of recommendations involving such far reaching issues as the economic aspects of new or proposed investigations, policies, or rules affecting FTC programs.
    6. Drafting, presenting, and defending positions for policy or enforcement decisions.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0110 Economist

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet the specialized experience to qualify.
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
    • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Probationary period of one (1) year may be required
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    This position is being advertised under the DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITY. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

    All applications must be received on-line via USA Jobs.

    Please submit transcripts, a writing sample (preferably sole-authored), a resume detailing your work history and experience, and three letters of recommendation.

    Please send your letters of recommendation via email to econrecruit@ftc.gov.


    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirements

    1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


    2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

    For the GS-12 Level:
    You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as working on a portion of an economic research project overseen by a senior co-worker or manager, and authoring an unpublished research paper.

    For the GS-13 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or above. Specialized experience is defined as applying statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data and developing new economic models or theories with assistance from senior researchers.

    For the GS-14 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or above. Specialized experience consists of preparing economic reports or studies that require advanced research techniques and crafting independent research that demonstrates familiarity with advanced analytical techniques.

    For the GS-15 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or above. Specialized experience includes authoring research articles/books on topics in microeconomics and testifying in regulatory proceedings.


    This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.

    If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.

    Additional information

    A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

    FTC may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified people. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.

    Qualified applicants must exhibit thorough comprehension of microeconomic analysis and effective written and oral communication skills. Economists in all fields of applied microeconomics or econometrics are encouraged to apply.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    To determine if you are qualified for this position your application package and qualifications will be assessed in five distinct stages:

    1. Upon completion of the application process in Monster, each applicant will receive an initial rating based solely on his or her responses to the assessment questionnaire.
    2. Assessment of your resume and supporting documentation against the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in the vacancy announcement.
    3. Assessment of the quality your writing sample by a team of subject matter experts.
    4. Assessment of your educational program by a team of subject matter experts.
    5. Assessment of your letters of reference.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Applicants must provide a copy of their transcripts to verify educational requirements.

    To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.

    Application Package Checklist: 

    • Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
    • Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
    • Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
    • Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
    • Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
    • SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
    • Resume with paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:
      • Job title
      • Series/grade (if Federal employment)
      • Duties and accomplishments
      • Employer's name and address
      • Supervisor's name and contact information
      • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
      • Number of hours worked per week
      • Salary
      • Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
      • Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
      • Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
    • Certificates/licenses (current).  
    • A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
    • Supporting documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.
    • A writing sample. (preferably sole-authored)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation may be provided via email to econrecruit@ftc.gov.

    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.

    The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details please click the following link Benefits Offered


    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

    Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

    If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.  Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:

    1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
    2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
    3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
    4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

    You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

    STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

    STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

    STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

    STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

    NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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    Barry Galbreath








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    Room 723
    Attn: Human Resources
    Washington, District of Columbia 20580
    United States
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    You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration (this is NOT a guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview). If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/516603600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.