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Job Title:Senior Economist GS-0110-14

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:12AN1-LBX0022-0110-14

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$96,690.00 to $148,806.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 9, 2012 to Friday, May 4, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




18 vacancies in the following location(s):
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
Glendale, CA, USView Map
Laguna Niguel, CA, USView Map
San Diego, CA, USView Map
San Francisco, CA, USView Map
More Locations  (29)




WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

This announcement has been extended until 5/4/12. The cut-off date of 04/23/12 has been identified for the order of consideration. Applications received after 04/23/12 will be considered only if vacancies still exist.


Please note: The closing date may be extended if it's determined that there's an insufficient applicant pool to fill the vacancy(ies).


The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.
WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.
WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? Economists perform assignments based on research and analyses involved in examinations, including complex issues covering a range of industries and specializations. They conduct microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions, financial markets, interest rates, product life cycles, etc. They review and analyze economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; recommend assistance or withdrawal; develop an effective work plan, and conduct research in source materials. They explain and defend research findings to the taxpayer, taxpayer's representatives, exam team, Appeals, Counsel, and other IRS personnel. They provide technical guidance and serve as qualified witnesses for the Government in cases reaching litigation.
WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL (LB&I) DIVISION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE? The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement. As our name suggests, international tax administration is an important part of what we do in LB&I. As part of the LB&I team, you may be assigned to work in International, or with one of six industry segments: Communications Technology and Media, Financial Services, Global High Wealth, Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation, Natural Resources and Construction, or
Retailers, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare. Regardless of where you serve, you will be supported by a variety of specialists (economists, engineers, field specialists and technical advisors) as you tackle the most complex foreign and domestic tax issues.


There are a total of 18 vacancies. There are 6 vacancies to be filled in each of the following Territories.

Territory East: New York, NY; Garden City, NY; Albany, NY; Rochester, NY; Boston, MA; Southborough, MA; Stoneham, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Wethersfield, CT; Mountainside, NJ; Edison, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; King of Prussia, PA Washington, DC; Newark, DE; Richmond, VA

Territory Central: Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Schiller Park, IL; Downers Grove, IL; Farmers Branch, TX; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Plantation, FL; Farmington Hills, MI; Brooklyn Center, MN

Territory West: San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Glendale, CA; Laguna Niguel, CA Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA


The anticipated start date is 7/30/12.

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


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As a Senior Economist GS-14 you will:

  • provide expert technical advice and direction to service employees relative to the largest and most complex economic issues.
  • provide technical support on complex cases which have economic issues and entail in-depth analyses of economic structures, interest rates, business practices, product life cycles, etc.
  • prepare written findings, reports and other technical guidance.
  • perform multiple assignments or projects of a highly technical nature requiring advanced economic knowledge, and make precedent-setting and industry - or nationwide determinations.
  • perform research and analysis of tax issues involving economics, transfer pricing, and valuation related to specific taxpayers or across taxpayers and industries.
  • review economic, statistical, and subject-matter literature for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research, and evaluate the reasonableness of the APMA, taxpayer, and foreign tax jurisdiction positions. Perform an in-depth review and analysis for reasonableness and accuracy of all material produced for a given study. Research generally involves the use of multiple sources and/or databases.
  • assume responsibility for the initiation, planning, implementation, control, modification, and execution of all or part of a research project or assignment, including such tasks as specification of the methodology to be used, and preparation of appropriate procedures, specifications, and materials needed for assuring the adequacy of the study's design. Assume full technical responsibility for interpretation and application of findings.
  • perform other duties as assigned.


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    You must meet one or more of the following basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To be minimally qualified, you must meet the basic requirements below. 

    Education Requirement 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

    In addition to the education requirement for this position, applicants must also possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

    Specialized Experience Requirement

    Specialized experience for the Economist position is experience that demonstrates: the applicant possesses a mastery and professional knowledge of economic concepts, theories, principles and practices related to research and analyses of a variety of business specializations; expert knowledge and advanced skill in analyzing factual information to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, solve complex problems, draw rational economic conclusions, and prepare comprehensive reports; knowledge and advanced skills in oral communications and techniques to explain and defend research findings, which may include serving as a qualified witness for the Government in litigation cases.

    Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    •Performing research and analyses involved in examinations that include complex issues covering an extensive range of industries and fields of specializations;

    •Conducting various kinds of microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions;

    •Reviewing and analyzing economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic issue; develop an effective workplan, conducts research in databases, professional journals and publications, government publications and studies by other economists;

    •Performing analyses to determine value of tangible and intangible products, serves, and assets, and evaluates the values and analysis reported by taxpayers;

    •Providing expert technical advice concerning official action that will affect the economy;

    •Providing advice, counsel and recommendations to other economists and operating officials based on findings, interpretations and informal suggestions.

    Proof of education requirement must be received with application for consideration. Failure to submit will result in an incomplete application. Education Requirement: 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.




    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Reading/Research - Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations. Written Communications - Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts in writing, using correct and appropriate grammar, organization, and structure. 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 for this position. For tips preparing your resume click; for cover letter tips click
    2. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.) Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service -connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.
    3. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS 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 Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:


    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Judy Harnden at (978) 474-9460. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.


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    The application process has 6 STEPS: STEP 1: Create an account at: . STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS. STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to , copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!" STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy". STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions. STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?
    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:
    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.
    SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTATION Job Readiness Certification/Disability Proof - You must contact the individual listed in this announcement and provide supporting documentation if you want consideration under a Special Hiring Authority.
    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION For more information on veterans' preference, click here.


    Nina Ferraro
    Phone: (978) 474-5947
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    310 Lowell St-Stop 234
    Attn: Nina/0022
    Andover, MA
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. 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 communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

    Additional Duty Location Info

    18 vacancies in the following locations:
    Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
    Glendale, CA, USView Map
    Laguna Niguel, CA, USView Map
    San Diego, CA, USView Map
    San Francisco, CA, USView Map
    San Jose, CA, USView Map
    Denver, CO, USView Map
    Bridgeport, CT, USView Map
    Wethersfield, CT, USView Map
    Newark, DE, USView Map
    Washington, DC, USView Map
    Plantation, FL, USView Map
    Atlanta, GA, USView Map
    Chicago, IL, USView Map
    Downers Grove, IL, USView Map
    Schiller Park, IL, USView Map
    Boston, MA, USView Map
    Southborough, MA, USView Map
    Stoneham, MA, USView Map
    Farmington Hills, MI, USView Map
    Brooklyn Center, MN, USView Map
    Edison, NJ, USView Map
    Mountainside, NJ, USView Map
    Albany, NY, USView Map
    Garden City, NY, USView Map
    New York - New York, NY, USView Map
    Rochester, NY, USView Map
    Portland, OR, USView Map
    King Of Prussia, PA, USView Map
    Philadelphia, PA, USView Map
    Farmers Branch, TX, USView Map
    Houston, TX, USView Map
    Richmond, VA, USView Map
    Seattle, WA, USView Map

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