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Job Title:Economic Assistant

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-DAL-BLS-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$15.86 to $20.62 / Per Hour


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012




Part Time (16 - 32 hours per week) - Permanent




FEW vacancies - Dallas, TX, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. This position is also being advertised as job #MS-13-DAL-BLS-020 for status applicants; apply to BOTH status & non-status jobs to be considered for each.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is located in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dallas, TX. The initial average hours per week will be 16-32 hours and may fluctuate based on workload and training requirements. This is a mix of day, evening, and weekend hours. NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and evening and weekend work is scheduled.

Assigned work may be located throughout the Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Area.  The majority of the work is performed in the field and out of the employee’s home.”

 In addition, you must travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Training Center in Washington, DC two times during the first 18 months. First time is a two week mandatory classroom training and the second time for a one week of mandatory classroom training. You will attend mandatory Housing Survey Training in your local area. This position has promotion potential to the grade of GS-07. Relocation expenses have not been authorized.


  • U.S. Citizenship. Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to frequent travel.


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Collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index. Duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Visiting retail and service establishments such as stores, supermarket, medical offices, and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax. 2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartments management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews. 3. Collecting and entering data on a hand held computer. 4. Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents.


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To qualify, applicants must one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service; OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study above high school with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, recalculus, calculus, or economics. Equivalent combinations of education and experience is qualifying. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compelling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Direct contact with, and direct sales to the public is a plus. Examples of specialized experience include: Experience in retail environments, such as clerks in a large grocery stores and associates in large retail outlets. Specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and or services(s) offered by an outlet. Knowledge of products and service specifications. Real estate experience in selling and public outreach, e.g., open house showings. Specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base. Experience selling items door to door or at house parties. Education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week or approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to one year of specialized experience.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, based on your responses to the vacancy questionnaire, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions for the purposes of referral and selection: Category A: Meets the basic qualifications requirements and has successful experience in the same or similar job that demonstrates superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity. Category B: Meets the basic qualifications for the vacancy anouncement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position. Category C: Meets the specialized experience outlined in the in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position. Evaluation Factors (Competencies)All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies: - Decision Making and Problem Solving: Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems, deliver services and provide value. - Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others,e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. - Self Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of motivation, initiative, effort, and commitment towards timely completion of assignments with minimal supervision. - Economic Data Management and Analysis: Conducts systematic and objective economic inquiries using the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis, such as study design, collection, review, analysis, interpretation of data, and the reporting of results. Keeps current with developments in data management, including micro (individuals & establishments or utlets) as well as macro (estimates) analysis. The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc. INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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Part-Time employees under permanent appointments are eligible, on a prorated basis, for the same benefits as full-time employees. For more information, click Benefits for Part-Time Permanent Employees.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section or go to and click on "How To Submit Supplemental Documentation". You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. - Veterans Documents (if applicable): In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Rodney Ray
Phone: 972-850-4449
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-735-2989
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
A. Maceo Smith Bldg
525 Griffin Street
Rm. 738
Dallas, TX
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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