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    This position is located in the Bureau of Trade Analysis and serves as the Director of Economic Studies. The incumbent performs highly specialized economic and other evaluative analysis in researching and analyzing market conditions, including the impact agreements may have on competition, and providing authoritative technical advice regarding Shipping industry-related problem resolution or the need for research and investigation.

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    As an Industry Economist you will:

    • Direct complex economic analysis of agency regulations, programs, and regulated entities.
    • Utilize in-depth knowledge of the transportation industry and appropriate economic methods to evaluate the impact and effect of agency regulations and develops courses of action, new or unique approaches to key issues.
    • Prepare position papers recommending viable analytical strategies for evaluating issues in the ocean shipping industry.
    • Monitor the ongoing activities of vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs) and marine terminal operators (MTOs) in order to detect and/or guard against substantial increases in transportation costs, decreases in transportation services, and/or to identify or address other prohibited activities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Ocassional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0110 Economist

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    Conditions Of Employment

    The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
    In addition to the above requirements, Status Candidates must meet the following by the close of the announcement:

    • For the GS-15 grade level: You must have been at the GS-14 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
    To preview questions click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10442102.


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

    Basic Requirements:
    A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.


    B. Possess a combination of education that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus AND experience that involves the use and understanding of economic principles and theories. Examples of qualifying experience include (1) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (2) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (3) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (a) personal research that produced evidence of results, (b) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (c) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.


    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position may include:
    • Applying comprehensive economic principles in the review of cooperative agreements among competitors to determine the competitive impact on the market;
    • Performing complex economic analysis of agency regulations, programs, and regulated industries;
    • Providing authoritative professional advice to top-level agency officials; and/or
    • Preparing position papers recommending alternative analytical strategies for presentation to senior management and agency officials.


    Please refer to the qualifications section for education information.

    Additional information

    • A relocation incentive may be offered to eligible selectee(s); or
    • A recruitment incentive may be offered to eligible selectee(s).
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • We may fill like positions within 12 months of closing the closing date.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • A 1-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Moderate Risk Public Trust background investigation.
    • This opportunity is also open to All U.S. Citizens under Announcement 2018-15-DE. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • 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.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

    • Economics
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Reasoning
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We 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 better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. College Transcripts, and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.).


    • SF-50: Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".). Award SF-50s will not be accepted.
    • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
    • If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
    • Performance Appraisal: Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application (i.e upload a supplemental document reflecting this information).
    • Non-Competitive Current/Former Federal employees: In addition to the above documents, submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which reflects your grade level and promotion potential.


    • If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, you must submit documentary evidence, e.g., Reduction-In-Force (RIF) Notice, Certification of Expected Separation, SF-50 documenting separation by RIF, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration.
    • Displaced District of Columbia Government, Department of Corrections employees will be eligible for priority consideration and competitive appointment (Public Law 105-274). Eligible candidates are not restricted by geographic location or grade level in jobs for which they apply. Documentary evidence is the same as stated above.
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority (i.e. Schedule A persons with disabilities authority), submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

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    How to Apply

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

    • The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon EST on the announcement's closing date.
    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to saved application at a later date, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Vicky Schenck


    Bureau of Trade Analysis
    800 North Capitol Street, NW
    Suite 940
    Washington, DC 20573
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    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent regulatory agency with a mission ensure a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system that supports the U.S. economy and protects the public from unfair and deceptive practices. The FMC offers numerous workplace flexibilities including a Modernized Telework Program, Flexible and Compressed work schedules, and an On-Site Fitness Center. FMC is conveniently located within walking distance to Union Station in an area with numerous amenities. Come and join the FMC! More information about the FMC and its programs can be found at http://www.fmc.gov.

    FMC is the 2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Most Improved Small Agency!

    In 2016 the FMC was recognized for substantial increases to the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Among small agencies the FMC was recognized as having the 2nd largest increase in the overall Employee Engagement Index as well as the largest increase under the New IQ in the area of Fairness and the 3rd largest increase in the area of Open.

    FMC is the 2017 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Most Improved Small Agency over the past 5 years!

    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information."

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that 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 communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526386600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.