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Job Title:Economist, ZP-0110-III, BEA-M-JMW

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Economic Analysis

Job Announcement Number:BEA-BPD-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0110-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional - Full-Time, Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles; applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service (VEOA).

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized throughout the United States and around the world as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics available.  The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used in decision-making by policy-makers in the Congress and the executive agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury.  BEA's data are also used extensively by private businesses and a wide range of regional organizations, state and local governments, businesses and educational institutions.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements.  Some applicants may not be eligible to be hired under THIS announcement.  Please make sure you apply to the announcement that entitles you to consideration.  Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility.  If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see BEA-BPD-2013-0002, Economist, ZP-0110-III, BEA-D-JMW, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.opm.gov/

This vacancy is for an Economist position in the Balance of Payments Division, Methodology and Special Studies Branch, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The incumbent will evaluate and improve methodology and data quality, assist in the development of survey and sampling methodologies, analyze and interpret international transactions and investment, document existing programs, and assist in the release and dissemination of data and publications.  Work products will take a variety of forms including written articles and reports; public instruction and presentations; oral reports; advice and consultation; written and verbal correspondence; and documentation of methodologies and sources.  Research and analysis may address methodological and measurement issues, trends in the structure and composition of the balance of payments, and topics in international finance and investment, trade in goods and services, and globalization.

BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work.  It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth.  BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines.  The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance.  This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.

This position is in the competitive service.

One year probationary period may be required.

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

The Full Promotion Potential of this position is:  ZP-04.

If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition.  This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.  Salaries shown for this vacancy include locality pay.  Applicants interested in relocating to a different geographic location should be aware that their salary is subject to change.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

Major Duty 1:  Evaluate and improve the methodology and measurement of the U.S. balance of payments and international investment accounts, including survey and sampling issues associated with BEA’s survey program;

Major Duty 2:  Perform economic research and analysis on U.S. trade in goods and services, income flows, and international finance and investment.  Studies may cover such topics as trends in the structure and composition of the U.S. balance of payments and international investment position, trade in goods and services, international income flows, and globalization, or focus on methodological issues associated with producing statistics on these topics;

Major Duty 3:  Plan and carry out complex studies to analyze interrelationships among variables and interpret estimates that enter the national and international accounts; prepare reports/presentations describing results or findings;

Major Duty 4:  Develop methodologies and approaches for research; apply econometric/statistical methods and tools; resolve statistical problems; tabulate data; assess and check reliability of estimates; design or modify procedures for compiling, adjusting, and presenting data; document methodologies; provide advice;

Major Duty 5:  Brief BEA management; create and maintain databases; assist in the dissemination of data and publications;

Major Duty 6:  Collaborate with staff in other statistical agencies; and monitor and evaluate issues for impact on agency programs and policies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade or Band Levels:

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

OR

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

BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

Band III (GS-11/12)

In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

EXPERIENCE:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (GS-9) equivalent level or band II.  Examples of specialized experience include: compiling and assembling statistical material and applying statistical techniques and analysis to data; applying concepts and definitions of the U.S. international economic accounts; possessing responsibility for collecting economic data from a primary or variety of sources; manipulating or analyzing economic data; preparing statistical tables and reports; conducting independent research and preparing preliminary write-ups of findings; locating and collecting relevant data to analyze a specified problem; updating databases for econometric models; designing tables and charts to illustrate analyses and communicating economic concepts at various levels.

OR

EDUCATION:

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application.  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

KSA 1: Knowledge of economics and of the techniques and methods of economic research, with particular focus on topics in international economics;

KSA 2:  Ability to write about economic statistics and research, and ability to communicate in person to general and specialist audiences;

KSA 3:  Ability to use statistical or econometric techniques;

KSA 4:  Skill in applying concepts and definitions of the U.S. international economic accounts, including balance of payments measures of international trade and finance;

KSA 5:  Skill in analyzing and manipulating economic statistics.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Benefits include:  health, life, dental and vision insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave (employees accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on years of employment), ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usa.gov/Federal_Employees/Benefits.shtml.

Additional benefits may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, exercise and shower facilities, career development with a generous training program, and more. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;

2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade or band level, and duty location;

3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

*Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)

*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)

*30% or more disabled veterans

*Persons with disabilities

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

 The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact:  Jowan Williams at Jowan.m.kirby.williams@census.gov or 202-606-2933.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

**THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT; WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEND ALL OF YOUR OFFICIAL OR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM ANY ACCREDITED EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION**

A complete application consists of the following:

*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade or band level for the position(s).  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

*SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," if applicable, supporting your eligibility.

*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. 

For more information, please go to http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the “Other Information” section.

*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you may be asked to submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

*Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jowan Williams
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Jowan.M.Kirby.Williams@census.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2J238C
Attn: Human Resources/ECB
Washington, DC
20233
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at https://my.usajobs.gov and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Applicant Status.”

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).


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Job Announcement Number:

BEA-BPD-2013-0001

Control Number:

343510700