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Job Title:Economist or Statistician (Economics)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-BLS-PL-049

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 21, 2013 to Tuesday, February 12, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job #MS-13-BLS-048 for status & "Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)" eligible applicants and the following non-competitive authorities: Veterans 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel and former Peace Corps volunteers.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.


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.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

The position is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Prices and Living Conditions (OPLC), Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys (DCES), Branch of Research and Program Development (BRPD).  The incumbent serves as a technical expert and senior project manager in BRPD.  The branch conducts research on approaches to improving response rates, data collection, and data quality.  Data quality studies are aimed at identifying and reducing measurement and other errors in the Consumer Expenditure surveys.

BLS is the principal fact-finding agency of the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.  The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the DOL.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as an Economist or as a Statistician (Economics).

This position has no promotion potential.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

A writing sample may be requested at the time of the interview.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional like positions.

This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.

Applications for this announcement will be accepted online only by clicking the "Apply Online" button.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 16 years of age.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if requirement has not been met.


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Major duties include but are not limited to:

1)    The incumbent initiates, directs, or conducts economic, statistical, and methodological research aimed at improving CE estimates and data quality through the measurement and reduction of survey error, developing an understanding of the processes leading to different error sources.  The incumbent ensures that research is carried out in accordance with program objectives through a process of ongoing review and evaluation.  The position requires a facility with the use of quantitative methods in order to analyze problems and propose solutions.  Familiarity with qualitative methods and the ability to develop and implement laboratory and field studies of measurement issues applying those methods is highly desirable.

2)    The incumbent oversees operations for major survey redesign teams, events, and projects as assigned.  In doing so, the incumbent makes assignments and provides guidance to other staff members, working with CE management to ensure that projects have sufficient financial and staff resources to accomplish their objectives.  Survey redesign events, such as a Survey Methods Workshop, may involve other government agencies, as well as academic and private organizations; therefore the incumbent will coordinate activities and direct meetings with senior staff at various government and private organizations.  The incumbent manages all contracts with outside vendors directly related to the survey redesign.

3)    The incumbent directs or coordinates the activities of the various survey redesign teams and advisory groups, sets priorities, and negotiates solutions when priorities or needs conflict.  The incumbent must also have a detailed understanding of the relevant methodological, economic, and statistical issues in order to address the survey redesign goal of improving CE data quality through a verifiable reduction in measurement error.  The incumbent creates products such as contractor statements of work, conference summaries, or research reports.

4)    The incumbent will meet frequently with and advise senior management in BLS and the Census Bureau.  The incumbent will serve as the BLS spokesperson for the major survey redesign projects, and will make both technical and general presentations to CE data users.  Incumbent must possess a high degree of technical ability, excellent oral communication skills, and a thorough knowledge of program objectives and practices. 


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For Economist:

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.

For Statistician:

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.


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. 

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".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here.


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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.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


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, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  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, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

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 by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

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. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video

-Unofficial Transcript - 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.

You are not required to submit the following documents if ithey do not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): 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:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document (DOS) (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Country Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

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.


Christopher Brown
Phone: 202-691-6616
Fax: 202-691-5507
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Bldg.
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Suite 4280
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-691-5507


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  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.

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