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.

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-DID-2013-0017, Accountant, ZA-510-bandIV, BEA-D-JMW, which can be accessed at

This vacancy is for an Accountant in the Direct Investment Division of the International Economics Directorate, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The individual will manage special projects in the Direct Investment Division and will advise and support the Division Chief on a variety of management issues.

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: ZA-04.

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.


The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1: Contribute to and implement improvements across the Direct Investment Division (DID) in survey design, content, electronic filing, statistical estimation, and data review and analysis;

*Major Duty 2: Review and reconcile direct investment data to ensure consistency and accuracy;

*Major Duty 3: Manage outreach efforts with external stakeholders and survey respondents;

*Major Duty 4: Communicate and coordinate work across units within the DID and the international Economics Directorate; and

*Major Duty 5: Perform a variety of administrative assignments including preparation of budget documents and instructional materials.