Job Title: Economist, ZP-0110-II/III, BEA-D-LAMJob Announcement Number: BEA-ADIA-2014-0002
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 to
Friday, February 07, 2014
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WHO MAY APPLY:
All qualified United States citizens.
About the Agency
This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as (BEA-ADIA-2014-0001). 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.
These vacancies are for Economist positions in the Goods and Distributive Services and Inter-Industry Statistics branches of the Industry Economic Accounts (IEA) Directorate, 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 IEA Directorate of BEA. 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 IEA responsible for collecting and preparing data analysis and research to support the economic statistics published as part of the IEA. Inter-Industry Statistics Branch prepares estimates of utilities, wholesale and retail trade, and transportation industries for the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by Industry statistics for the U.S. In addition to preparing international trade and inventories estimates, the Goods and Distributive Services Branch prepares estimates of Manufacturing, Mining, Agriculture, Inventories, and Foreign Trade industries for the annual and benchmark input-output accounts and the GDP-by-Industry statistics for the U.S.
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: 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.
- 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 data analysis to support the development of economic statistics for industries and the U.S. economy.
Major Duty 2: Develop improved estimation methods to address limitation in current estimation procedures and gaps in data coverage.
Major Duty 3: Interpret and analyze data from the national, regional and industry economic accounts and from various other sources.
Major Duty 4: Provide clear and concise documents for BEA Staff and assist with technical issues related to the preparation of economic statistics.
Major Duty 5: Perform 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.
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 positionsat 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: 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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