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Job Title:Economist, GS-110-13/14 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) - ARC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Job Announcement Number:PHMSA.PA-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) mission is to protect people and the environment from the risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation.

The position is located in the Chief Safety Office of the Office of the Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). You will guide and oversee all economic analyses and regulatory evaluations in the agency; develop economic models to help evaluate safety risk; assess the costs, benefits, efficiency, and impacts of PHMSA's safety programs to help redirect those programs; performs a wide variety of complex economic evaluations to develop program and policy alternatives; participates in the development and coordination of the agency's strategic plan and integrated performance budget; participate in the development of performance measures for the agency; manages projects and contracts; and represent the agency in negotiations with the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Management and Budget on economic issues. You will report to the Chief Safety Officer. 

This position is perfect for an experienced economist who is looking for challenging assignments. The ideal candidate for this position will guide and oversee all economic and regulatory evaluations in the agency; develop economic models to help evaluate safety risk; assess the costs, benefits, efficiency, and impacts of PHMSA's safety programs to help redirect those programs.  S/he will also perform a wide variety of complex economic evaluations to develop program and policy alternatives; participate in the development and coordination of the agency's strategic plan and integrated performance budget; participate in the development of performance measures for the agency; and represent the agency in negotiations with the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Management and Budget on economic issues. 

This position offers excellent benefits, including the potential for ongoing medical benefits after retirement.  Alternative work schedules and telework schedules are strongly encouraged

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • A Relocation Incentive may or may not be paid.

DUTIES:

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The Economist:

  • Provides economic advice and recommendations on all economic analyses and regulatory evaluations for the national pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety programs. 
  • Provides input into the standards, policies, procedures, tools and resources to help guide the analytical efforts of the Agency’s safety programs, including regulatory evaluations.
  • Participates in the development of key indicators and performance measures for the agency, economic data or representing economic concepts (like cost-benefit, GDP deflator, value of a life, labor costs etc.)
  • Participates in negotiations with the Office of the Secretary and the office of Management and Budget on economic issues.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the MANDATORY EDUCATION and the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 13
  • Experience utilizing economic and statistical tools to plan and conduct economic studies that involves the systemic collection, analysis, and interpretation of economic data.
GRADE 14
  • Experience performing all phases of an economic study/studies to include problem definition, planning, execution, analysis, interpretation, and the report of findings.
  • Experience developing program and policy alternatives; and legislation, regulations, and policy based on economic study findings.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ECONOMISTS:

  • Degree: Economics, that include at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.  OR 
  • Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to transjobs@dot.gov or call us at (202)366-1298.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMIN
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

PHMSA.PA-2013-0005

Control Number:

337959400