You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire.
You must meet the minimum education requirements described in “Qualifications.”
You must meet the basic education requirements for each position plus the specialized experience required for each position. Candidates who are in the process of completing the requirements for basic education will be considered as long as the requirements are completed within 9 months from the closing date of this vacancy; (June 24, 2013).
Basic Requirements for Economist: Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus OR combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 1. Examples of qualifying experience include: (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching 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. 2. Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions.
Basic Requirements for Mathematician: Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The total course work above must have included differential and integral calculus and, in addition, four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite.
Basic Requirements for Mathematical Statistician: Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics OR Combination of education and experience: at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.
Basic Requirements for Statistician: Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing OR Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
Basic Requirements for Computer Scientist: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.
The education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition to completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree in one of the fields described above (economist, mathematician, mathematical statistician, statistician, or computer scientist), applicants must also meet the following specialized experience and/or education requirements:
To qualify at the CN-30 level: You must have completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree in one of the fields described above (Economist, Mathematician, Mathematical Statistician, Statistician, or Computer Scientist)
OR Combination of education and experience for one of the fields as described above.
Specialized Experience for the CN-40 level:To qualify at the CN-40 level you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-30 level in the Federal service. (For qualification purposes, the CN-30 level is broadly equivalent to GS-7). Specialized experience must include knowledge of and hands-on research experience in the application of the principles of economics, statistical and econometric analysis; advanced computing, or database maintenance; and the application of standard quantitative techniques used to research economic, statistical or financial data and information. Specialized experience must also include SAS or STATA programming in an academic or professional setting, collecting and analyzing data; creating and updating charts and data tables in programs such as SAS, STATA, S-Plus, or Excel, and making recommendations for additional study.
OR Education: (A) A master's degree or two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree from an accredited college or university. (B) Graduate education qualifying for this position must be in economics, mathematics, mathematical statistics, statistics, or computer science and must have provided knowledge, skills and abilities comparable to those that would be gained through one year of specialized experience as described above, and may be substituted for the one year of specialized experience at a rate of 18 semester hours or equivalent for one academic year of related graduate education.
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Required supporting documents;
4. Cover letter (optional).
Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes.
Category rating procedures will be used to rank and refer eligibles. Based on your responses to the online questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of the three categories you will be placed: Categories A, B, or C. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.
Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.
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