Job Overview


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Every day our Economists conduct complex economic research and apply such research to complex problems, develop analytical techniques for economic studies; and conduct special analyses of major economic issues.


This position of ECONOMIST starts at a salary of $89,033.00(GS-13 step 1), with promotion potential to $136,771.00 (GS-14 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Immigrant Imvestor Program Office, Washington, DC, within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


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USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.


The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.


As an Economist you will be responsible for authoritative knowledge in a large, complex and usually critical area of government economic activity. You will:

  • Serve as the authority and technical advisor within your area of assignment.
  • Contribute technical information regarding regional economic growth and business dynamics, and evaluations and forecasts of economic movements.
  • Manage the formulation, programming and guidance of projects and programs involving economic issues of great importance and significance.
  • Identify and assess the adequacy of existing programs and recommend and implement changes and improvements.
  • Participate in interagency work groups and respond to inquiries from the general public and high-level officials from other agencies.
  • Conduct research and development to foster innovative approaches to new and existing problems in an economic field and within business proposals.
  • Develop, present and review new ideas for analysis and presentation of economic data; utilize strong communication skills to provide concise analysis and recommendations to both peers and business practitioners.