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    The Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division (HRLD) is seeking a health economist to contribute to a variety of projects, analyses, and modeling.

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    The successful candidate will contribute to developing new studies and to designing and improving the state-of-the-art analytical models that underlie them. Analysts are also encouraged to turn projects and independent research into CBO working papers and outside publications.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

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    Tier 1 Background Investigation


    Applicants should have some experience in health policy analysis, either as a student or through employment. They should have strong quantitative skills, experience using large data files, an in-depth knowledge of at least one programming language, and an interest in the development of microsimulation models. Applicants also should be able to initiate and complete research projects, both independently and with a team; be able to clearly present their work orally and in writing to nontechnical audiences; and want to work on issues of current or potential legislative interest to the Congress.


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    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline, or a masters degree in economics or a related discipline along with at least three years of equivalent experience.

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé 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. Those who aren't qualified will be informed and not considered further. Others will be referred to the hiring division for further consideration.

    NOTE: To ensure consideration you must submit a complete application by November 22, 2019 at www.cbo.gov/careers (not USAJobs). Although we may continue to accept applications beyond that date, we are only ensuring that those who submitted by the deadline above will be considered. Should the hiring division wish to review candidates who applied after that date, we will then process those applications to determine if they are qualified and should be forwarded for management review.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Resume, cover letter, a brief writing sample, salary history, contact information for three references. Also include a sample of computer code addressing a common programming problem such as merge, a query that restricts a data set to certain groups, code that generates reports or visual output, or code that uses macros. The code submitted should be no longer than 200 lines. Recent graduates should submit an unofficial copy of academic transcripts and have letters of recommendation sent to careers@cbo.gov in place of the references.

    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.

    See https://www.cbo.gov/about/careers/benefits.
    Flexible Spending Accounts
    Retirement Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Transit Subsidies
    Long-Term Care Insurance
    Annual/Sick Leave


    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

    Please submit a cover letter, a résumé, a brief writing sample, salary history, and contact information for three references at www.cbo.gov/careers. In addition, please submit a sample of computer code that addresses a common programming problem such as a merge, a query that restricts a data set to certain groups, code that generates reports or visual output, or code that uses macros. The code submitted should be no longer than 200 lines.

    Agency contact information

    Annita Cox


    Congressional Budget Office
    2nd and D Street SW
    Washington, Dist of Columbia 20515
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    Next steps

    You will receive an email confirming that you have applied to the position. Once your application is reviewed, it will be forwarded to the hiring division if you are qualified. If you don't meet qualifications, you will be informed by email and your application will not be considered further. All qualified candidates will be informed by email when the position has been filled.

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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547434800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.