A. Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus;
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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.
A. 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.
B. Combination of education and experience - courses as shown in A 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.
In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, applicants must also have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. This 52 weeks of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of economics, statistics, or survey methodology, and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. This experience must demonstrate a thorough understanding of economic or statistical principles and theories and a wide knowledge of current economic factors and their implications. Examples of qualifying experience include: (1) the organization, direction, and coordination of complicated and important economic or statistical research programs in the field of economics, statistics, or survey methodology; or (2) marked technical competence in economic, statistical, or survey methods research including the development of new methods of economic, statistical, or survey methods analysis, or new economic knowledge of value to Government officials responsible for important decisions on economic, statistical, or survey methods programs or services.
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.
Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series/grade. OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to report date if selected.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others, e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
Planning and Evaluation – Knows and uses the principles, methods, or tools for developing, organizing scheduling, coordinating, monitoring and managing individual work, projects and resources.
Economic Statistical Data Management & 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 outlets) as well as macro (estimates) analysis.
Product Oversight and Improvement – Promotes product and process quality improvement using accepted process design and product management tools/ methods. In providing these services, adheres to agency rules, policies, instructions, procedures, as well as to applicable laws, regulations, and other legally binding requirements. Provides training, assistance, and oversight functions such as tracking, analyzing, monitoring, reporting ,and risk analysis.
Program Product Knowledge -
Applies the relevant design, data, processes, standards, systems and outputs of the economist’s assigned program area. Knows the statistical and/or mathematical support processes, e.g. statistical sampling and data collection processes, universe sources characteristics, weighting and weight adjustment, benchmarking, regression modeling, probability theory as a basis of statistical surveys, and index methodology.
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The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency 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 (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category A will be considered "well-qualified".
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