Job Overview


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.

Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only.  This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as (BEA-ISD-2013-0003).  Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into and clicking on "Search Jobs."  Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.

This vacancy is for a Supervisory Economist position in the Goods & Distributive Services Branch, Industry Sector Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The Goods & Distributive Services Branch is responsible for the production and analysis of the following statistics in BEA’s Industry Economic Accounts: Manufacturing, Construction, Mining, Agriculture, Utilities, Wholesale and Retail.  The incumbent will serve as branch chief with oversight of the production of all the above statistics for the U.S. input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry accounts.  The incumbent will apply knowledge or economic and statistical concepts, as well as, analytical, problem-solving and research skills to successfully lead the branch.

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.

This is a supervisory position.  If not already completed, the selectee will need to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period. 

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

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

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process. 


The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1:  Serve as branch chief, providing oversight of the production of the Goods and Distributive Services statistics for BEA’s Industry Accounts;

*Major Duty 2:  Plan, direct and review the work of subordinate staff members;

*Major Duty 3:  Leads and/or conducts research, including developing improved methodologies to address limitations in estimation procedures and gaps in data coverage;

*Major Duty 4:  Develop and maintain estimation programs; interpret and analyze statistics from a variety of sources, both internal and external to BEA;

*Major Duty 5:  Provide clear and concise written and oral communications;

*Major Duty 6:  Assist with technical issues related to the production of economic statistics; and perform individual research.