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Job Title:  Chief Economist
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Job Announcement Number:  SES-2014-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 21, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Applications will be accepted from all qualified U.S. citizens.  Join the Bureau of Economic Analysis where we are looking for diverse, innovative thinkers.  Embark on a new career that is challenging and exciting!


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 Economist.

The Chief Economist plans and develops the BEA’s research program, and the new concepts and methods to be implemented by the Office of the Chief Statistician and the Associate Directors for National, International, Industry, and Regional Accounts; advises the Director with regard to major conceptual and theoretical developments in economic accounting; and serves as the BEA’s liaison to the academic and research community.

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.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.


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The Chief Economist is responsible for keeping the concepts and methods underpinning the BEA’s economic accounts timely, accurate, and relevant. This includes:
Research into new concepts and measures that will keep pace with changes in the United States and the world economy. 
Development of new concepts and measures of output and prices in services, international trade, high‑tech goods and other new and rapidly changing, and hard‑to‑define goods and services.    
Demonstrating the usefulness of the accounts through the conduct and publication of research in areas important to the accounts.
Serving as liaison to the academic and broader research community in reviewing articles and research issues of importance to the accounts, explaining new concepts and methods to be employed in the accounts, and obtaining feedback from that community on new concepts, and where appropriate modifying those concepts, balancing producer and user needs.
Initiating and overseeing external research on economic accounts issues.
Represents the Director in interactions with the Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Management and Budget, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress on economic research issues, in the preparation of the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers, and in other matters of importance.
Represents the BEA at academic/research conferences, on professional committees, and on international statistical working groups meetings and at 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 effect of changes in the economy on the economic accounts.   


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Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
ECQ 1 - Leading Change: involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 
Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision
ECQ 2 - Leading People: involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 
Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building
ECQ 3 - Results Driven: involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying
technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 
Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility 
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management  
ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. 
Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating
Fundamental Competencies: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation

Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent  to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants should be submitted on-line/electronically through  You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support our educational claims.


In addition to meeting the education requirements, in order to be considered for the position, applicants are required to submit a resume and statements addressing each of the Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) and each of the Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Each ECQ and PTQ must be addressed as a separate statement. A narrative description of 1-2 pages per ECQ and PTQ is normally sufficient. When addressing the ECQs and PTQs, statements that describe personal beliefs or philosophies should be avoided. Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation to the specific ECQ and PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments.
Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at and use the Challenge, Context, Action, Result (CCAR) model to develop your statements.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience, and education they possess.
All applicants must meet the mandatory ECQs to be eligible for further consideration, and must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the additional PTQs for this position. Applicants must show that they possess the required experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and must show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that demonstrate the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

PTQ #1 Demonstrated competence and experience in the use of national, international, industry and/or regional economic accounts including in-depth knowledge of the statistical techniques and data sources used in the analysis and preparation of these economic accounts.

PTQ #2 Demonstrated research experience in the area of national, international, industry and/or regional economic accounts (i.e., evidenced by publications in refereed journals and invited participation in professional and scientific organizations).

PTQ #3 Experience that demonstrates the skill to serve as advisor to high-level officials and organizations (e.g., academics, government policy officials, governmental commissions, officials in international organizations, international and national expert groups and commissions) on new developments in economic accounting concepts and methods.
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The BEA or offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Benefits include:  health and life insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave, ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Account, and other benefits which may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, and more.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Current and former career SES members only - A copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.  (No response to ECQ statements is required.)  

SES Candidate Development Program graduates only  - A copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.  (No response to ECQ statements is required.)

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational and functional lines.

If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.  

Filing of the Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report is required if selected for this position (Ethics in Government Act P.L. 95-251).  

Public law requires all new appointees to submit proof of identity/employment eligibility.

If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must confirm their selective service registration status.

In accordance with 5 USC 3303, any recommendation by Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected State or local government officials, political party officials or other individuals or organizations making the recommendation on the basis of the party affiliation of the applicant is prohibited.  Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations, and indeed, are required to return to the individual any prohibited political recommendation with reference to statutory prohibition.  Such officials may supply a statement which "relates solely to the character and residence" of the individual.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Division at 301-763-3371.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users can contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

The Department of Commerce does not condone or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


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Applications are accepted electronically through   Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.  For more information, contact the SES Program Staff on (301) 763-3727.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. 
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
This vacancy may be accessed via the Internet at
In addition to your resume, you must also submit separate narrative statements addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the three (3) Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). 
To apply electronically through, you must register on-line by creating a user account.  Then download or create your resume using the Resume Builder.  The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions (ECQs and PTQs). 
You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume.  Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.  Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579):  The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
Remember to click the box indicating that you would like a copy of your application emailed to you, then click "Finished".  If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, a screen will appear telling you that your application has been sent.  If you do not see this screen, you have not successfully completed your application.  You may edit your information until 11:59 pm EST of the announcement closing date. 
For problems during the application process such as faxing documents through the on-line system, contact the Help Desk at 1-877-662-7730 or send email to  The Help Desk is available
Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM EST.  You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.
ECQ responses are not required for current and former career members of the SES, (Indicate whether you are a current or a former member of the SES in the essay response box).  You must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.
ECQ responses are not required for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, however you must submit responses to the PTQs, and submit a copy of your OPM Qualifications Review Board certification document.


A complete application consists of the following:
*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment questions.
*Executive Core Qualification and Professional/Technical Qualification statements: Each applicant is required to submit a separate statement addressing each of the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).
*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. 


Latasha Ellis
Phone: 301-763-3727
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Attn: SES Program Office
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant's ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs.
Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.
We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. 
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree).
Eligibility for this position will be based upon the applicant clearly illustrating his/her experience, knowledge, skill, and abilities of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position.
If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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