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.

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-CD-2013-0003).  Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into 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 a Public Affairs Specialist position in the Public Affairs and Outreach Branch, Communications Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

BEA is seeking a highly skilled Public Affairs Specialist to support the Communications Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The individual will serve as a news media contact, interacting with national and local media to support the Bureau's statistical products and broader external communications needs, on traditional platforms as well as on social media and other multimedia platforms. The individual will also play a key role in executing the Bureau's communications plans aimed at key constituents and in executing internal communications programs. 

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-03.

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


The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1:  Provide responses to questions from news media representatives about BEA estimates and programs;
*Major Duty 2:  Work with BEA program area economists to improve the content, presentation and consistency of BEA news releases and related communications across all media, especially digital media;
*Major Duty 3:  Work on general outreach tasks involving Web site content;
*Major Duty 4:  Work on high-profile outreach and communications projects involving key constituents; and
*Major Duty 5:  May also serve as a liaison with the Department of Commerce Office of Public Affairs.