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Job Title:Economist

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:13CS4-CFX0143-0110-13-JS

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Thursday, April 11, 2013




Full-Time Permanent; - Career/Career Conditional




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




WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.
Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? As an Economist, you will use advanced economic and subject matter knowledge; and skills in the execution of your duties and responsibilities. In this position, you will work with economic problems, the integration of the assigned study into the major research problems, and the planning and execution of sequential work steps.

WHAT IS THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ORGANIZATION? The IRS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) organization is responsible for the custodial accounting of over $2 trillion in taxpayer payments, as well as for managing the IRS' $10 billion annual operating budget. In addition, the CFO advises the IRS Commissioner and other top executives on issues dealing with financial management, financial systems, strategic planning, performance management, budget formulation, budget execution, and internal controls.

Position is with the Office of Revenue Oversight and Support: Financial Management Unit: Chief Financial Officer located in the Washington, DC Metro area.

The first 100 eligible applicants in Category A will be considered first and thereafter applicants will be pulled on an as needed basis for the remaining number of vacancies.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at


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  • Citizenship will be verified:
  • Moving expenses may be authorized with eligible CTAP/RPP letter.
  • Alternative Work Schedule, staggered work hrs, or telework may be available
  • Tour of duty will be Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Must be 18 years of age.


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As an ECONOMIST you will: This position is an Economist and the incumbent is responsible for the planning, execution and completion segments or studies. The nature of assignments is such that the incumbent is required to use advanced economic and subject-matter knowledge in carrying out these assignments and to exercise sound judgment in making recommendations;

Assumes responsibility for the initiation, formulation, planning, execution and control of major special studies or continuous projects. Included are such tasks as formulation of workload estimates for program segments,

specification of the methodology to be used, preparation of appropriate specifications and procedures, and review

of computer systems specifications and materials and instructions needed for assuring the adequacy of the study's design;

Assists the W&I Chief in determining the scope, goals and schedules for future programs in the staff.

Acts as a troubleshooter in resolving bottlenecks at any step in a program or research project.

Resolves very complex problems requiring incumbent's in-depth knowledge.

Participates in executive-level meetings within the function as representative of the Chief.

Assumes responsibility for the effective use of resources within assigned subject matter projects. Monitors such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes.

Produces tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages.

Reviews economic, statistical and tax literature for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research process and also as a means of helping to evaluate the reasonableness of functional data.

Performs an in-depth review and analysis for reasonableness and accuracy of all material produced for a given study and providing guidance in this task to lower grade professionals based on incumbent's in-depth knowledge of research requirements.

Performs other duties as assigned.


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QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants for the GS-13 level must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal Government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to this job and has equipped you with the competencies required for successful job performance.
Examples of experience qualifying as specialized experience include experience in conducting various kinds of microeconomic research and analysis that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions; responsibility for multiple major projects that include the review of the research plan, approve proposed procedures, providing technical advice and instruction throughout the project and a through review of the finished reports; or explaining and defending research findings that may include representing the organization in cases reaching litigation.




  1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. Tips for preparing your resume and cover letter can be found by clicking here for resume tips or here for cover letter tips.
  2. If you are eligible and qualified, your application (resume and any other information submitted) will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts to assess your possession of the following competencies: A) Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodologies associated with microeconomic theory, operations research, cost/benefit analysis, mathematical modeling, econometrics, statistics, computer programming or related fields. B) Skill in analyzing problems, interpreting data and devising/implementing solutions. C) Ability to analyse economic policy, programs, budget and legislative issues. D) Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  3. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on the results of the panel. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.). Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their information provided in resumes and will referred for selection before non-preference eligibles within the same category. Applicants are "tentatively" assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation.
  4. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position, applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Jo Stark at 816-291-9350. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.
  • “The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.”


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    STEP 1: Create an account at: 
    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to, copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.


    1. Log into My USAJOBS at  with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION  For additional information see link at bottom of announcement.



    Jo Stark
    Phone: 816-291-9350
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 816-292-6062
    Agency Information:
    333 West Pershing Road
    Kansas City, MO
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

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