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Job Title:Economic Statistician

Department:Executive Office Of The President

Agency:Council of Economic Advisers

Job Announcement Number:CEA-13-02-KJ-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Wednesday, June 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


If you are a status candidate, please apply under Announcement #CEA-13-02-KJ-MP

The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is an agency within the Executive Office of the President (EOP).  CEA provides the President with objective economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of our Nation’s economic policy (both domestic and international).  Located in the heart of Washington, DC, CEA is within walking distance of three Metro lines.  To learn more about the Council of Economic Advisers, please visit


This vacancy is for an Economic Statistician within CEA’s Statistical Office.  The incumbent assists with the preparation of economic memoranda by preparing charts and background spreadsheets (in Excel) to aid analysis, and by fact-checking and editing content written by the economic staff.  The incumbent gathers economic statistics (such as GDP) to prepare tables and related content for the monthly Economic Indicators publication, the statistical appendix in the annual Economic Report of the President, and other products.  The incumbent uses database software and websites to find and retrieve data, researches economic data and information on the internet, helps staff obtain data, and advises on its use. 

The successful incumbent must be detail oriented and well organized, demonstrating an exacting degree of accuracy when preparing, calculating, and fact checking economic statistical content.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel, is a must.  Effective verbal and written communication is also important. The work environment is fast-paced, with frequent quick-turnaround deadlines.   The incumbent should be a quick study who is able to respond to requests with speed, accuracy, calmness, and flexibility, while maintaining good working relationships with data providers and CEA staff.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required


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The incumbent’s major duties are to:


  • Assist with the preparation of economic memoranda by preparing charts and background spreadsheets (in Excel) to aid analysis, and by fact-checking and editing material written by the economic staff;
  • Use public websites and database software (training provided) to find and retrieve a wide range of economic statistics for use in developing and preparing various CEA products;
  • Gather economic data and prepare tables for the 140-page statistical appendix in the annual Economic Report of the President ( );
  • Gather data and prepare tables and related content for the monthly 38-page Economic Indicators publication ( );
  • Compile, produce, and/or verify economic statistics used in various CEA products, using a variety of mathematical computations as required;
  • Research economic statistics and information on the internet; and
  • Coordinate and communicate with data providers for data receipt and question follow-up to help staff obtain data and to advise on its use.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position.   The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.




A. You have a bachelor’s or higher degree; AND
B. You have 15 semesters hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics).  Certain economics and other courses may qualify as statistical. Courses may be credited as statistical provided the course content is at least 50 percent statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing; AND
C. You have 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: social sciences including economics, demography, history, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.; or in physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; OR
D. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in paragraph above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.  Your combination of education and experience must total at least four years. 


Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods. Certain economics, research, and other courses may qualify (for example, econometrics or research methods). If the statistical content of a course cannot be determined based on the course title, you must submit an official course description for the course, or written documentation (documentation must be on official school letterhead) from a professor or other school official verifying that the content of the course is at least 50 percent statistical methods.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-05) or comparable pay band in the Federal servicew or equivalent experience in the private sector. Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate level education is considered 18 semester hours. Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (in addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above):

A. You have a bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is generally defined by an earned grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0. OR
B. You have completed at least one year of graduate education; OR
C. You have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to a GS-05 level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are: Knowledge of economic statistics sources and concepts, and familiarity with statistical techniques and analytical methods, to identify problems of data gathering and interpretation;  the ability to gather economic statistics from a variety of sources, such as public websites,  and to select appropriate information when responding to requests for information; Assisting supervisor with the use of economic databases; Familiarity with sources, definitions, revisions, and other characteristics of the various economic data, including the normal schedule of release of the data. Ability to use various software programs, especially Excel in Microsoft Office; ability to use spreadsheet software to report results of analysis in the form of tables, graphs, and/or charts.

Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.


How You Will Be Evaluated: Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required for the position.   Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be placed into one of the following categories based on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the specialized experience associated with this position:


  • Best Qualified (BQ) – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
  • Well Qualified (WQ) – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
  • Qualified (Q) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education.


QUALITY RANKING FACTORS:   Address the following Quality Ranking Factors (QFRs)/Critical Elements within the body of your resume.


•Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, (i.e. MS Excel to calculate and present data in the form of tables, graphs, and/or charts)
•Knowledge of economic statistics (such as GDP) and concepts, and familiarity with statistical techniques and analytical methods, to identify the complex problems of data gathering and interpretation
•Ability to identify and gather economic data from a variety of sources, such as public websites, and to research economic topics
•Ability to accurately perform calculations to analyze economic statistics to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions
•Ability to fact-check and/or edit material prepared by others
•Ability to work cooperatively with others
•Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
•Ability to manage a variety of assignments concurrently to deliver work products that meet established standards for quality and accuracy, and meet firm deadlines


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Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at, under CTAP

Note: Under ICTAP and CTAP to be considered well qualified and referred you must earn a score of 90 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position. 


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Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager. Your application packet must include a completed Occupational Questionnaire, resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  To complete the Occupational Questionnaire, please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.  Please see "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, please complete and use the cover page located at and fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  The cover page MUST include: VIN #911239, SSN, name used to complete Occupational Questionnaire, and address.


If you are not able to apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, ;
  • Print form 1203FX to provide your response to the Occupational Questionnaire:; and
  • Fax completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Form 1203FX will serve as a cover page for the fax submission. 


It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.   Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.   If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means   applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.


Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail.  Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.


  • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
  • Education - If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but you MUST provide the original if selected. 
  • Completed Occupational Questionnaire


  • Special Appointing Authority – Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority.   If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not need to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility, please read the information below and click on the appropriate link for additional details.
  • Veteran's Preference must provide the following: DD-214 (member copy 4) showing dates served, discharge type, and campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned and VA Disability Award Letter displaying the percentage awarded.  If you do not supply the required documentation to verify your eligibility you will not receive proper credit for preference. For additional details visit:
  • Schedule A (Severely Physically Handicapped) must provide documentation from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Service.  For additional details visit:
  • Other miscellaneous hiring authorities information may be found at:


EOP - OA Client Services
Phone: (202)395-1088
Agency Information:
Executive Office of the President
725 17th Street NW
Washington , DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.   We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants.   After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening.   If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.


You will be notified four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.

2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3. After the certificate(s) is issued.

4. After the final selection(s) is made.

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