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Job Title:Economic Assistant

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-ATL-BLS-300a-cw

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$15.00 to $20.38 / Per Hour


Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Tuesday, January 15, 2013




Part-Time/Career-Conditional - Permanent




4 vacancies in the following location(s):
North Fort Myers, FL, USView Map
Tampa, FL, USView Map
Atlanta, GA, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens


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.

For more information about DOL’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:

The positions are located with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Field Operations, Division of Price Programs, Branch of Consumer Price Index.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. It has a dual role as the statistical arm of the Department of Labor and as an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates sensitive economic and statistical data to the American public, Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Requires a background investigation
  • Selective Service Registration


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As an Economic Assistant, you will 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:

  • Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax;
  • Obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey respondents;
  • Conducting face-to-face and telephonic interviews with store managers and buyers, doctors, pharmacists and other professionals to obtain data related to their commodities and services;
  • Using hand held computers and other electronic equipment to collect and enter statistical data;
  • Contacting homeowners, renters, apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhoods and follow up telephone interviews.


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This position requires that you meet an Individual Occupation Requirement (IOR).  To meet the Individual Occupation Requirement, you must possess:

  • One year of specialized experience in performing research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data; OR
  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such business law, statistics, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, or economics.

The specialized experience requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.

Selective Placement Factor(SPF):  In addition to possessing the experience and/or education listed above, you must meet the SPF.  An SPF is an additional qualification that is required to perform the functions of a position.  The SPF for this position is:

Driver's License Requirement:  At the time of your appointment into this position, you must possess a valid state driver's license and be able to maintain this license throughout the duration of your employment into this position.

Residency:  If you are not currently a DOL employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:
1.    Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
2.    Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
3.    Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas.  You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.


Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your competencies will be rated between 70 and 100 based on your responses to the online assessment. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories based on the level of experience you possess:  1. Category A:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Category B:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.  3. Category C: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Candidates within Category A who are eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. 

Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see:

If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must earn a score of 85 or above to be considered well qualified. 

The competencies on which you will be rated for this position are: 

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Ability to show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern and politeness to others and ability to relate well to individuals from various backgrounds; and, adapt well and communicate within groups of individuals from various ethnic, socio-economic backgrounds and individuals with disabilities;

DECISION MAKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Ability to employ strategic and critical approaches to decision making and/or problem solving; ability to generate, identify, evaluate, and implement alternative solution approaches to resolve issues/problems and to deliver services and provide value;

TIME MANAGEMENT:  Ability to use time effectively and efficiently with limited supervision; concentrate efforts on established priorities; multi-task; develop, plan, track, and manage own work assignments; adjust own work assignments, schedules and goals to meet unexpected delays or challenges;

INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE: Ability to grasp a practical knowledge of and utilize price index construction, methodology and probability sampling procedures; general knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices to assess reasonableness of data collected - in particular, knowledge of discount practices, style changes; seasonal fluctuations in item availability, and sales practices for general outlet types; and,

ORAL COMMUNICATION: Ability to effectively express information, ideas and facts to individuals or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of information that may be technical, sensitive or controversial in nature; ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations, listen to effectively, identify and attend to nonverbal cues, and respond appropriately.

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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 Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


THIS POSITION IS PART TIME ONLY AND DOES NOT LEAD TO FULL TIME. The initial average hours per week will be 16 to 32hours to start depending on workload.

This position is covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The number of vacancies indicated represents the expected number of positions to be filled under this announcement. However, selections made will be based on agency needs at the time of selection.

Salary: The salary reflected above is a range and does not guarantee a specific salary within this range. For a definition of the salary range for the advertised location, please visit:

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DOL requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, if selected, you may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position. This may include, but may not be limited to, a review of financial issues and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period. Relocation: Expenses will not be paid.

Physical DemandsThis is a mix of day, evening, and weekend hours. Visits to residences are necessary and some evening and weekend work is scheduled. The position requires you to be on your feet for several hours at a time while carrying and operating a hand-held PC and requires walking outdoors on rough or uneven surfaces to reach stores, offices, and housing units.  The position also requires climbing stairs, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities in order to inspect a wide array of commodities and quality features.

Work Environment/Conditions: The majority of the work is performed in the field and out of the employee’s home. The position requires travel by various modes of transportation, primarily your own personal vehicle, throughout a pricing area (city and adjacent counties) to all types of businesses servicing the consumer market as well as all types of housing units, including neighborhoods of all economic types. You will be required to travel on a variety of road surfaces, with varying traffic, weather, or road conditions.  Since a number of retail establishments and housing units are in bad neighborhoods, the position involves exposure to potentially dangerous situations in high crime neighborhoods. 

Travel: Temporary travel outside the duty station by various modes of transportation, to include your own personal vehicle, is required to attend survey specific training or to support collection in nearby cities.  This includes required travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Training Center in Washington, DC two times during the first 18 months and a one (1) week mandatory Housing Survey Training in your local area.

Relocation:  Relocation will NOT be paid for this position.

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.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


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To begin your online application, click the “Apply Online” button and follow the steps below. You must meet all of the qualifications of this announcement and your application and all required documents MUST be submitted and received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date of this job announcement. 

STEP 1 – If you’ve not previously done so, create a USAJOBS account. If you already have a USAJobs account, you must be logged on to continue. Once logged on, you will verify your information and be provided an opportunity to view, edit and upload additional information and documents.
STEP 2 – Access and answer the assessment questions by clicking the “Apply Online” button.
STEP 3 – Submit Supplemental Documents.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.
STEP 4 – Review Application and click “Finish”..
STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm EST on closing date.

NOTE: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.  The address below is for inquiries only.  If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the Agency listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions.  You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment) is received and accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available. 


Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
Completed online self-assessment questionnaire
are required if basing any part of your qualifications on education or there is a positive education requirement.  Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials.  For a listing of accrediting agencies, please visit:
Veterans: 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.  To claim 10-point preference, 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. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  You must submit a separation notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility can be found at: 


Carolyn Watts
Phone: 404-302-5884
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Sam Nunn Center
61 Forsyth Street SW
Rm 6B50
Atlanta, GA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once the job announcement has closed, Human Resources will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews.  You will be notified by email upon completion of each step.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status" and then click "More Information". If you are referred, you will receive an electronic disposition notification within 90 days or less.

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