Job Title: Economist, ZP-0110-II, BEA-D-JMWJob Announcement Number: BEA-NIWD-2013-0015
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
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/ Per Year
Thursday, August 29, 2013 to
Monday, September 09, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional -
1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified United States citizens.
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-NIWD-2013-0014). 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 an Economist position in the Consumption Branch, National Income and Wealth Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is seeking an economist for its goods section within the Consumption Branch of the National Income and Wealth Division (NIWD). The Consumption Branch is responsible for the interpretation and estimation of personal consumption expenditures (PCE) of the United States, within the framework of the national income and product accounts. This includes monthly, quarterly and annual estimates of PCE and PCE prices. The successful candidate is self motivated, organized, and exhibits good problem solving skills.
The national economic accounts program provides a quantitative view of U.S. domestic production, consumption, investment, exports and imports, and of national and domestic income and saving. It features the estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is one of the most closely watched of all economic statistics. Each month, BEA releases quarterly estimates of GDP for the previous quarter and monthly estimates of personal income and outlays.
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.
If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition. This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion.
This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.
- 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.
- Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
- before the selectee can be placed in the position.
DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will:
*Major Duty 1: Prepare estimates of PCE for goods, the PCE price index, and related measures;
*Major Duty 2: Help assess the adequacy of the existing estimates; analyze and incorporate newly available and revised source data;
*Major Duty 3: Implement short-term and long-term improvements; assist with source data enhancements; and participate in research projects that improve the quality, coverage, and usefulness of the estimates of PCE;
*Major Duty 4: Maintain contact with other agencies to help ensure the effective use of economic source data;
*Major Duty 5: Relied upon by high-level officials both inside and outside the Bureau for accurate and timely responses to questions concerning data and methodology; and
*Major Duty 6: Participate in communication efforts with data users and other stakeholders.
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:
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 specialized experience include: working with and analyzing economic data, using statistical methods and techniques, collecting, manipulating, and analyzing complicated economic topics, performing statistical analysis of economic data and documenting results of research, communicating on economic related topics in writing and in person, and experience using computer programs such as Excel, Aremos, FAME, or SAS and writing programs in languages such as C++ or SQL.
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree
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 and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze.” However, your resume and/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.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9/ band II and above.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
KSA 1: Ability to compile data and use appropriate statistical techniques;
KSA 2: Knowledge of economic theory;
KSA 3: Ability to meet tight deadlines;
KSA 4: Ability to perform economic research and document the results;
KSA 5: Ability to write and communicate in person about economic statistics; and
KSA 6: Ability to design, code, and debug data processing algorithms.
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