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Job Title:Economist GS-0110-12/13 (Open to US Citizens) BB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Highway Administration

Job Announcement Number:FHWA.HPL-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: FHWA.HPL-2013-0007


Real solutions to meet genuine challenges. Innovative ideas to take on growing realities. That's the Federal Highway Administration - Leaders in Paving the Way on the Road to Success.

This position is in the Office of Transportation Policy Studies under the leadership of the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs.  The employee is a member of the Office of Transportation Policy Studies and receives tasks and guidance from the Team Leader, the Director of the Office of Transportation Policy Studies, the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs and other senior members of the office as appropriate.  The employee is a technical expert on pertinent research and analytical methodology and applies such techniques to policy issues. 

The ideal candidate for this position is at the mid-level and will have solid knowledge of and extensive experience in developing, managing and leading a program of economic research and statistical analyses in areas related to transportation policy.  The economic research in this area will involve analysis of the current and future transportation revenue, finance and economics trends.  The truck size and weight studies and highway cost allocation analysis are good examples of such effort.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: FHWA.HPL-2013-0007


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As an Economist at the full performance level, you will:

  • Conduct and/or manage studies to support the formulation of transportation and legislative initiatives;
  • Apply economic theory to analyze transportation financing issues and options; energy and environmental issues having potential Highway Trust Fund and transportation policy implications; alternative fuels policy issues; highway financing and other emerging transportation policy issues.
  • Assess highway user fee and finance issues, analyze issues regarding the role of pricing in managing future travel, and assessing implications of emerging issues for highway policies and programs;
  • Conduct economic research projects in the transportation field;
  • Estimate the impact of policy options and manage national level analyses of transportation and highway cost allocations and related policy studies;
  • Assemble information and data on transportation policy issues; prepare briefing papers, whitepapers and other short reports related to key transportation policy issues.
  • Serve as a leader on interdisciplinary and ad hoc teams providing expert policy analysis and for use in national policy formulation;
  • Develop and present briefings.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications 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:
  • Experience conducting a program of applied economic research studies for development and formulation of policies including activities such as: development of statements of work and work-plans, integrated review of technical literature, data interpretation and statistical analysis, cost-benefit and multi-variant regression analysis, application of analytical procedures, and recommendations of policies.
  • Experience leading a program of applied economic research studies for development and formulation of policies including activities such as: development of statements of work and work-plans, integrated review of technical literature, data interpretation and statistical analysis, cost-benefit and multi-variant regression analysis, application of analytical procedures, and recommendations of policies.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Basic Requirements:



Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Transcripts are required.







  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.


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 nonveterans. 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.

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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.


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


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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
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • 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.


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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates 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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