This position is in the Economic Analysis Division (EAD), Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) located in Washington, DC.
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As Associate Division Chief is responsible for the accomplishment of designated functions relating to economic analysis for all significant FCC actions, including rulemakings, transactions, adjudications, and industry analysis reports, as requested by the Chief, either individually or through the direction of a staff of Industry Economists, Engineers, Accountants, and other subject matter experts. Assists Division Chief and Deputy Division Chief in achieving the following Division functions: Establishing Division policy priorities. Keeps project staff apprised of changes in emphasis or direction. Reviews and makes determinations within the scope of authority or recommends action to Division Chief on matters having policy implications or significant impact on the Division’s activities.
As a senior economist, the incumbent serves the Office and the Commission as an expert technical advisor on complex economic issues that arise in connection with telecommunications and regulatory policy. The incumbent conducts studies of current and potential policy issues and performs original research and investigative analysis as a member of a small group of experts. Analyses are undertaken at the behest of the Chief of the Office.
Incumbent also has a continuing responsibility to review and evaluate Commission rules, decisions, agenda items, and Office recommendations to determine if they are in accordance with sound economic principles. When relevant, incumbent suggests modifications to Commission rules, proposed decisions, agenda items, and office recommendations.
From time to time, as specifically directed by the Office Chief, incumbent conducts special research and studies for use in preparation of testimony by the Chairman, Commissioners, or the Chief of OEA before congressional committees regarding legislation bearing on the telecommunications industry.
Performance of the tasks and responsibilities of this position requires exchange and interaction with professionals in various disciplines, with officials in other governmental agencies and departments, and with the academic community. Additionally, the incumbent will have contact with key officials of the Office, senior official at the Commission, and ‘where appropriate, personnel in industry and scientific organizations.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Resume/CV.; transcripts; writing sample; and two letters of recommendation.
- Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
- Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
- US Citizenship.
- Must be a current FCC Empolyee
Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.
Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for the position. GS-15: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.
In addition to meeting the education requirement, applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 in the Federal Service.
GS-15 Specialized Experience: 1. conducting microeconomic studies of current and potential policy issues and performs original research and
investigative analysis; 2. analyzing technical economic data and writing policies fostering the regulatory/deregulatory philosophy concerning the telecommunications industry. 3. developing strategic planning documents (e.g. microeconomic) and conducting technical and economic studies of existing communications systems and services; 4. researching of other economists in microeconomics and/or have led other economists in conducting analysis used in agency policy-making involving microeconomic analysis.
Basic Requirements: 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. Additional experience and educational requirements: For this position, specialized experience includes the following: 1. conducting microeconomic studies of current and potential policy issues and performs original research and investigative analysis; 2. analyzing technical economic data and writing policies fostering the regulatory/deregulatory philosophy concerning the telecommunications industry; 3. developing strategic planning documents (e.g. microeconomic) and conducting technical and economic studies of existing communications systems and services; 4. research in microeconomics and/or have led other economists in conducting analysis used in agency policy-making involving microeconomic analysis.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
Must have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
How You Will Be Evaluated
All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position.
There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:
1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and
4. your resume.
Applicants will be rated ineligible if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit a resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process
You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):
- Knowledge of conducting microeconomic studies of current and potential policy issues and performs original research and investigative analysis;
- Ability to communicate in writing and orally to analyze technical economic data and write policies fostering the regulatory/deregulatory philosophy concerning the telecommunications industry;
- Skill in developing strategic planning documents (e.g. microeconomic) and conducting technical and economic studies of existing communications systems and services;
- Skill in researching of other economists in microeconomics and/or have led other economists in conducting analysis used in agency policy-making involving microeconomic analysis.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***
Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:
1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.
2. ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status. You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.
3. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.
4. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
5. College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.
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.
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 FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:
Dental & Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Long-Term Care Insurance
Holidays and Leave
Thrift Savings Plan
Alternative Work Schedule
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.
How to Apply
To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov
Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.
Agency contact information
AddressFederal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20554
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