Job Title: Economist, ZP-0110-II/III, BEA-M-JMWJob Announcement Number: BEA-ADIA-2013-0002
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
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/ Per Year
Friday, August 16, 2013 to
Thursday, September 05, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional -
many vacancies in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles; applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service (VEOA).
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-ADIA-2013-0003, Economist, ZP-0110-II/III, BEA-D-JMW, which can be accessed at http://jobsearch.USAJOBS.opm.gov/
This vacancy is for Economist positions in the Information and Business Services Branch and the Goods and Distributive Services Branch, Industry Sector Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.
The Industry Sector Division (ISD) prepares the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S. jointly with the Industry Applications Division (IAD) within the Industry Economic Accounts (IEA) Directorate of BEA. In addition, IEA produces and/or contributes to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Satellite Account (TTSA), Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) and the Healthcare Satellite Account. Satellite Accounts are supplemental accounts that expand the analytical capacity of the main accounts by focusing on a particular aspect of economic activity. The incumbents are economists within ISD responsible for collecting and preparing data analysis and research to support the economic statistics published as part of the Industry Economic Accounts.
These positions are in the Information, Business Services & TTSA Branch and the Goods & Distributive Services Branch within ISD. The Information, Business Services & TTSA Branch prepares estimates of information, finance and insurance, and professional and scientific industries for the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S. The Goods and Distributive Services Branch prepares estimates of Manufacturing, Mining, Agriculture, Utilities, Retail and Wholesale industries for the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S. The incumbent is responsible for preparing, analyzing and improving these statistics.
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: ZP-03.
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.
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- You must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
*Major Duty 1: Preparing data analysis to support the development of economic statistics for industries and the U.S. economy;
*Major Duty 2: Developing improved estimation methods to address limitation in current estimation procedures and gaps in data coverage;
*Major Duty 3: Interpreting and analyzing data from the national, regional and industry economic accounts and from various other sources;
*Major Duty 4: Providing a clear and concise documents for BEA staff; assisting with technical issues related to the preparation of economic statistics; and
*Major Duty 5: Performing individual research to improve the timeliness, relevance and accuracy of BEA’s Industry Economic Accounts.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade or Band Levels:
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below.
Band II (GS-9 Level) To qualify for the band II (GS-9 level), you must meet the basic requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS 7 level) or band II. Examples of qualifying experience include individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, review, analyzing and evaluation, preparing reports, project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; communicating to a variety of audiences in person and in writing, using computer programs, various applications, data management or software packages.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
Band III (GS-11 Level) To qualify for the band III (GS-11 level), you meet the basic education requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9 level) or band II. Examples of specialized experience include collecting economic data from primary sources; reviewing, analyzing and evaluating economic data; preparing quantitative analyses; preparing analytical reports; conducting literature searches and preparing preliminary write-ups of findings; locating and collecting relevant data to analyze a specified problem; updating databases for econometric models; designing tables and charts to illustrate analyses; and/or applying statistical analysis to data; and preparing preliminary reports; editing, communicating to a variety of audiences in person and in writing; using computer programs, various applications, data management or software packages,
A PH.D. in Economics or you must have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PH.D. in Economics.
Note: To receive consideration for this vacancy, transcripts (unofficial or official) must be faxed in before the closing date.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
KSA 1: Knowledge of economic concepts and ability to manipulate data;
KSA 2: Ability to analyze statistics and identify and resolve data abnormalities;
KSA 3: Ability to prepare analytical tables and charts; summarize, document and report analysis;
KSA 4: Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
KSA 5: Ability to research and/or improve methodologies and to solve problems;
KSA 6: Ability to communicate and work well with others in order to achieve goals.
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