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Job Title:  Economic Assistant
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Announcement Number:  VRA-13-SF-BLS-004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,960.00 to $41,544.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 14, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Part time (16-32 hours per week). - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, VRA. Additional information on the VRA program is available in the Vet's Guide (VET GUIDE).


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Honolulu, HI.


Hourly rate of this position is $15.31 to $19.90 per hour.

This position is a permanent part-time position. Some weekend or evening hours will be required. The weekly hours of work vary, but are expected to average 16-32 hours per week. The average weekly and/or total hours may increase or decrease. 

NOTE:  Work in retail stores must be completed during normal business hours.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-7 level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

At least one (1) position will be filled through this vacancy.  If additional vacancies become available, additional selections will be made.

The duty location is Honolulu, HI

The position requires travel throughout pricing areas in Oahu including neighborhoods of all economic types.


  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Requires a probationary period.
  • Requires U. S. Citizenship.
  • Subject to frequent travel.


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Incumbent is responsible for the collection of primary data for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Economic Assistants collect prices and related statistical data on a wide variety of commodities, services, and housing for the BLS Consumer Price Index.  Data for commodities and services are collected by conducting personal and telephone interviews with store managers and buyers, managers in auto dealerships, doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals.  Data for the housing survey are obtained by personal visit or telephone interview with either property managers, tenants, or home owners.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  Visiting retail and service establishments such as department stores, supermarkets, medical offices and hotels to collect retail price data; contacting homeowners, renters, and apartment management companies by personal visit to neighborhood and follow up telephone interviews; and collecting and entering data on a hand held computer and obtaining voluntary cooperation from survey responders.  The position requires travel throughout pricing areas on Oahu including neighborhoods of all economic types. During the first year, travel to Washington office is necessary for training. There will be 1 two-week trip, and 1 one-week trip. Additional travel outside of local area may be necessary, as needed, for training.


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Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level OR successful completion of a full 4- year course study with major study in economics, or 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as business law, statistics, algebra, pre calculus, calculus, or economics. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant's ability to perform research or related work that involved collecting, compiling, verifying, analyzing, or reporting data. Direct contact with, and direct sales to the public is a plus. Examples of qualifying experience may include:  Significant experience in retail sales, cold-calling sales, real estate sales or management, survey or marketing work, interviews or in take workers, jobs or volunteer experience that required detail record keeping, jobs or volunteer experience that required oral persuasion skills, jobs or volunteer experience that involved public contact.  Examples of specialized experience include:

- experience in retail environments, such as clerks in large grocery stores and associates in large retail outlets;

- specific knowledge of a wide variety of assorted products and or service(s) offered by an outlet;

- knowledge of products and service specifications;

- real estate experience in selling and public outreach, e.g., open house showings;

- specific knowledge of area sales and housing stock, pricing and customer base;

- general knowledge of constantly changing consumer marketing practices;

- knowledge consumer product and service terminology and characteristics; 

- using good skill in communicating, both orally and in writing and using personal computers and application such as windows-based software application, email and the internet.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Technical and Medical Support Position

If you wish use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, no further assessment will be administered to assign scores. All qualified applicants will be ranked by preference status in the following order: 1. Preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more. 2. Other 10-point preference eligibles. 3. 5-point preference eligibles. 4. Non-preference eligibles.


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Part-Time employees under permanent appointments are eligible, on a prorated basis, for the same benefits as full-time employees.  For more information, click Benefits for Part-Time Permanent Employees.



The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Tony Ozuna
Phone: 415-625-2368
Fax: 415-625-2414
TDD: 1-866-377-8642
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
90 7th Street
Ste 12-300
San Francisco, CA
Fax: 415-625-2414


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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