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Job Title:Economist- DEU

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:BE-D-2012-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 01, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013




Competitive Service - Full Time, Permanent Appointment




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All Qualified Candidates.


OUR MISSION: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the Nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch,other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.

FTC economists make independent policy recommendations to the Commission based on their theoretical and empirical analysis of the relevant issues. Research is supported and encouraged, in part through the Bureau's working paper series, seminar series, and the annual FTC Microeconomics Conference. FTC economists regularly present their work at seminars and conferences, and publish in top journals. Qualified applicants must exhibit thorough comprehension of microeconomic analysis and effective written and oral communication skills. Economists in all fields of applied microeconomics or econometrics are encouraged to apply.




  • This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Requires a one year probationary period.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Graduate Transcripts


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FTC economists use theoretical and empirical modeling skills to analyze antitrust and/or consumer protection issues. Analyses often involve developing and estimating models of competition for a particular industry or modeling individual consumer behavior. Economists employ similar skills to contribute to policy analysis at the state, federal, and international levels. Economists also conduct research, both independently and in connection with FTC's mission.


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This position requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements: Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet either A or B: A) a Bachelor's Degree in economics, which includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; or B) a combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, the GS-12 must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree.  Specialized experience is defined as working on a portion of an economic research project overseen by a senior co-worker or manager, and authoring an unpublished research paper.

For the GS-13: You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or above. Specialized experience is defined as applying statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data and developing new economic models or theories with assistance from senior researchers.

For the GS-14: You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or above. Specialized experience consists of independently preparing recurring economic reports or studies that require advanced research techniques and crafting independent research that demonstrates familiarity with advanced analytical techniques.

For the GS-15: You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or above. Specialized experience includes authoring research articles/books on topics in microeconomics and testifying in regulatory proceedings.

At the GS-12,13,14, and 15 grade levels, candidates must possess progressively responsible professional experience in econometrics or one or more applied microeconomic fields, such as industrial organization or antitrust, regulation economics, economics of information, or a related field that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to conduct sound applied microeconomic analysis and research.


NOTE: All qualification requirements and academic claims must be met and verified prior to appointment. Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months of the date of submitting their application. This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Applicants must provide a copy of their graduate transcripts to verify educational requirements.


***Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will receive an email requesting a Writing Sample and 3 Recommendation Letters later in the evaluation process. 3 Letters of Recommendation may be provided via email to***

Optional Documents:

-Writing Sample

-3 Recommendation letters 

All applications must be received on-line via


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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details please click the link below.  Benefits Offered


Click here for Additional Information, information for Displaced Federal Employees, and information on Special Hiring Authorities.


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.  Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the
FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.



__ Resume/Curriculum Vitae


__ A legible copy of graduate transcript (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:

___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

___Certificates/licenses (current).  

___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments 

___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc. 


Alvina Brooks
Phone: 202-326-2323
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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