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    Summary

    WHAT IS THE RESEARCH, APPLIED ANALYTICS AND STATISTICS (RAAS) DIVISION? Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics (RAAS) anticipates and meets customers’ needs by providing leading research, analytical, statistical, and technology services. RAAS provides an intellectually challenging and supportive environment for our employees.  

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT DOES A ECONOMIST DO? As an Economist, you will use advanced economic and subject matter knowledge; and skills in the execution of your duties and responsibilities. In this position, you will work with economic problems, the integration of the assigned study into the major research problems, and the planning and execution of sequential work steps.

    As a Economist you will:

    • Assume technical responsibility for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, and execution of major projects.
    • Assist in determining the objectives of research projects and the methodology to be used.
    • Develop specifications for research studies by presenting analytical material.
    • Perform research to locate new sources of data, analyze pertinent information and draw conclusions.
    • Play an essential role in error resolution of more complex statistical studies.
    • Assume responsibility for the effective use of resources within assigned subject matter projects.
    • Produce tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages.
    • Keep abreast of economic, statistical and tax literature for data and research methodology.

    If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1 TO 5 NIGHTS PER MONTH

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0110 Economist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Refer to Other Information
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    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments

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    Qualifications

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

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (All grade levels)
    Four (4)-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
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    A combination of education and experience. The education must include courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. To be qualifying your experience may have included the following or must be sufficient demonstrate the ability to perform the following:

    • Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation.
    • Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information. OR
    • Teach assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following; (1) personal research that produced evidence of results; (2) direction of graduate theses in economics; or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

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


    GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated knowledge of and/or the ability to apply: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Research and study design and administration processes; Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, and  tax laws; Oral communications and descriptive report writing; Developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; Economic and statistical programs and their usefulness in evaluating or completing research projects; User oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and Rules, regulations, procedures, and related systems applicable to the area of responsibility;  OR
    Master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics.  OR
    Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in economics.

    GS-11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated professional and/or thorough knowledge of and/or the ability to apply: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Research and study design and administration processes; Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, tax laws and the impact of the proposed tax law changes on research projects; Developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; Laws, rules, regulations, and systems applicable to the area of responsibility; User oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and skill in oral communications and descriptive report writing. OR
    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics. OR
    Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics.

    GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements you must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated professional and/or thorough knowledge of and/or skill in applying: Methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; Developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information, recognizing and adopting new techniques to fit the needs of research projects.  To be qualifying, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform a variety of assignments on a research projects or programs where economic and statistical methodology were used to define, profile and evaluate market segments of taxpayers; Knowledge of user-oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and skill in carrying out special assignments which need extreme precision in carrying out program assignments and resolving critical problems.


    For Grades 9 through 11: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    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.

    - 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-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
    - To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

    You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

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    Additional information

    1 Position is in the Research, Applied Analytics & Statistics (RAAS) Division. The position is located in Washington, DC (DC0198) 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: PD 93570 GS-9; PD 93387 GS-11; PD 93388 GS-12
    A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements 
    • Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated.

    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 may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas: Technical Competence, Oral Communications, Writing, Reading, Learning, and Customer Service.

    Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ 

    Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order.

    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 (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). 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 Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. 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 may 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). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
    If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

    IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
    You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

    IRS employees:
    if a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
    If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. 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.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.

    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

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) 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. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at https://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at hco.mphs.apply@irs.gov if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    • To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
    • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
    • To complete, you must click the “Submit Application” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, 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.
    • To return to an incomplete application, 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.

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

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    WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? As an IRS employee, you will feel proud knowing you helped make America stronger while working at one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. You will be part of an organization that collects over $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns annually. We are proud of how we apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.The IRS hires talented and dedicated individuals from many backgrounds, including accounting, business, finance, law enforcement and information technology. You will be challenged and supported on a daily basis. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new opportunity, consider an IRS career.

    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.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544128200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.