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Job Title:  Economic Assistant (Part time)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Announcement Number:  DE-13-CHI-BLS-0036A

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,886.00 to $41,448.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Part-time position 16-32 hours. Average hours per week is 20 but hours may change. - This is a permanent position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH, USView Map
U.S. Citizens and ICTAP eligibles in the Dayton, OH local commuting area.


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.

This position is located: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Division of Price Programs,Branch of Consumer Price Index Programs. Assigned work may be located throughout the Dayton, OH Metropolitan Area. The initial average hours per week is 20. Hours may fluctuate based on workload and training requirements. This is not a job for a person who needs full-time work or who cannot be available for work when it is required, including a mix of day, evening and weekend hours. This position will not lead to a permanent full-time position. NOTE: Visits to residences are necessary and evening and weekend work is scheduled. Work in retail stores is typically completed during normal business hours. You must travel to the Bureau of Labor Statistics training center in Washington, D.C. two times during the first 18 months for mandatory classroom training. Additionally, you will attend mandatory Housing survey training in your local area during the first year.


  • Subject to frequent travel.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Requires a probationary period.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.


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Economic Assistants 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 department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data. A limited amount of data is collected by telephone/fax. 2. Contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment 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. 5. Traveling to office to have work reviewed during on-the-job training and for monthly meetings.


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Applicants must meet qualifications, legal and regulatory requirements for the position by closing date of this announcement. GS-05: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the work of the position being filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience include: -collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing or reporting data dealing with pricing of goods and services. - experience in retail environments, such as clerks in large grocery stores and associates in large retail outlets; - specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and or service(s) offered by an outlet; - real estate experience in selling and public outreach, e.g., open house showings; - experience selling items door to door or at house parties. Please provide sufficient narrative in your resume to qualify for such specialized experience as described above.

Education substitution: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in economics, or 24 semester hours of courses in subjects such as business law, statistics, algebra, precalculus, calculus, or economics. Equivalent combination of education and experience are qualifying. Complete application packages must be received by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, this includes copies of college transcripts. Applicants must meet either the specialized experience or substitution of education for specialized experience described above in order to qualify for this position. 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.

Must be a U.S. Citizen  

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


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Categories Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity. Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position. Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the 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 (click Evaluation Tools for information): 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. Oral Communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 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. Technology Application and Management: Effectively uses current technology pertaining to machines, tools or equipment and their application to tasks. Keeps computer software versions current. Uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. Writing: Uses Correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information in a clear, succinct and organized manner. Composes written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience. Economic 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 as well as macro (estimates) 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, 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.


Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) Authorization No. DOL-1 Promotion Potential: GS-07 Bargaining Unit: NCFLL 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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There are 5 steps 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!


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.


Mary Bradford
Phone: 312-353-1579
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
230 S. Dearborn Street
Rm. 1026
Chicago, IL
Fax: 000-000-0000


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