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, Federal Reserve, Office of Management and Budget and 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.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis is seeking a highly-motivated and capable executive to serve as the Chief, Direct Investment Division (DID). The Chief, DID plans and develops the direct investment programs and accounts for BEA, coordinates and oversees the activities of the Direct Investment Division, and advises on major developments and important economic research in the direct investment and business survey field.

This position is a senior executive service (SES) career-reserved position. Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to SES.


As the Chief, DID you will direct and coordinate the activities of the Direct Investment Division.  You will develop recommendations for plans, programs, and policies that will ensure that the Bureau presents a coherent, up-to-date picture of the international economic position of the United States.  The Chief, DID directs current and developmental work on the measurement of foreign direct investment, emphasizing improvements in the efficiency of data collection, database management, and estimation, along with survey coverage and data quality.

As the Chief, DID you will direct and coordinate the data collection and estimation work of the foreign direct investment program, including annual and benchmark surveys and estimates of foreign direct investment and of the operations of foreign-owned enterprises; quarterly estimates of direct investment balance of payments transactions; annual estimates of new foreign direct investments in the United States.

You will develop plans for continuously updating and upgrading the accuracy, timeliness, and relevance of the BEA’s foreign direct investment program; monitor major economic developments and problems concerning all aspects of foreign direct investment and the characteristics of entities engaged in such investment; and provide leadership on survey methodological issues, particularly as applied to the measurement of foreign direct investment.  

You will serve as principal technical advisor with respect to foreign direct investment; brief Department of Commerce officials, officials of other Federal agencies, and public and private groups on foreign direct investment; and represent the BEA at conferences, on committees, and at conventions and other meetings with top-level representatives of business organizations; international, Federal, State and local government groups; research foundations and educational institutions with interest in the current business situation and international business and economic trends.