Job Overview

Summary

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-ADIA-2013-0006).  Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ 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 Economist positions in the Goods and Distributive Services Branch and the Inter-Industry Branch, Industry Applications Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The Industry Applications Division (IAD) prepares the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S. jointly with the Industry Sector Division (ISD) 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. 

These positions are in the Goods and Distributive Services Branch and the Inter-Industry Branch within the IEA.  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 Inter-Industry Branch prepares estimates of Inventories and International Trade for the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S.  The incumbents act as Program Managers and oversee the production of assigned statistics.  In addition, the incumbents are responsible for researching, developing and implementing improvements to the estimation methodologies, data collection and preparation of economic 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-04.

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

Duties

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.