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Job Title:  Statistician
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of the Census
Job Announcement Number:  WA1070386-JN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 14, 2014 to Monday, April 13, 2015
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Atlanta, GA View Map
Chicago, IL View Map
Jeffersonville, IN View Map
More Locations  (3)
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you.  Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation - where everyone counts


This announcement will be used to establish a standing inventory of applicants ready to be considered for the Statistician 11/12 level position. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies as positions become available with the various offices at the Census Bureau. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for vacancies until selected or their eligibility expires. For information concerning the period of eligibility, please see the "What To Expect Next" section of this announcement.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Resume and supporting documents (see How To Apply section)
  • Registration for Selective Service
  • Basic Education Requirements for Statistician


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The selectee(s) will serve as a Statistician, GS-1530-11/12. Job duties will include:

  • initiate investigations based on observations in program assignment areas;
  • select and modify statistical techniques and methods to produce accurate and timely data;
  • analyze findings, evaluate statistical limitations of data, and specifies the range of logical possible explanations;
  • prepare documentation of procedures, findings, and problems encountered with recommendations;
  • plan procedures for collecting and tabulating data, reccomends new or improved methods and present findings;
  • other duties as assigned


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All applicants must meet the following basic requirements:

(education can be obtained within 9 months):

A. You have a bachelor’s or higher degree; AND

B. You have 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics). Courses may be credited as statistical provided the course content is at least 50 percent statistical methods; AND

C. You have 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.; OR

D. You do not have a bachelor’s or higher degree but do meet the course work requirements specified in “B” and “C” above, and also have additional experience or education. Your experience includes a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing and analyzing statistical data; and (c) applying known statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. Your combination of education and experience must total at least four years.

Notes Regarding Qualifying Education:

  1. If you will meet any of the above education requirements within 9 months, you must submit documentation that includes specific information on the classes you will complete within the next 9 months. List the title and course number of the class, the department and college/university offering the class, the number of semester or quarter hours credit given for the class, and the date you expect to complete the class.
  2. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods. If the statistical content of a course cannot be determined based on the course title, you must submit an official course description for the course, or written documentation (documentation must be on official school letterhead) from a professor or other school official verifying that the content of the course is at least 50 percent statistical methods.

In addition to the basic requirements for all applicants described above, applicants applying for the GS-11 grade level must meet one of the following requirements (education can be obtained with 9 months): 

A. You have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or you have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.; OR

B. You have had at least one year of professional work experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service, where your analytical approaches and results were very generally reviewed for technical and professional adequacy. Your assignments required that you select and adapt standard statistical techniques from text books, handbooks, or other professional literature for a variety of problems when related precedents were available. Your assignments included work in all of the following areas: 1) designing and developing specifications for data collection and data processing requirements, operating procedures, training materials, and operational schedules for statistical studies and surveys; 2) selecting and applying advanced statistical analysis to socio/economic or demographic data, and developing professional papers or reports on such data; or you have had at least one year of experience supervising field data collection activities in large scale statistical surveys or studies; OR

C. You have a combination of graduate education described in “A” and experience described in “B” that when combined meets 100% of the qualifications requirements of this position. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience, as described in “B” above, by 12. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.

In addition to basic requirements for all applicants described above, applicants applying for the GS-12 grade level must meet the following requirement (education can be obtained within 9 months): You had at least one year of professional work experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service, where your work was generally reviewed only for adherence to accepted professional standards. Your assignments regularly required that you develop solutions to difficult statistical or analytical problems that did not have readily available precedents, establish analytical methodology, design sampling and estimation procedures for surveys, document work results and findings, and prepare oral and written technical reports. Your assignments included responsibility for all of the following: 1) independently leading a team to plan a statistical survey or study, 2) developing survey and data collection specifications, 3) establishing time schedules for various phases of survey operations, 4) coordinating the accomplishment and management of the various phases of the study or survey, and 5) making presentations and planning the analysis of the socioeconomic or demographic data developed by the survey or study.


You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show proof that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information, visit:


Once the hiring agency submits a request to fill a position, you will be placed in one of three pre-defined quality categories. The three categories are:

  • Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria.
  • Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria.
  • Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documents, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures for scientific or professional positions place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category.


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The Census Bureau is comprised of talented and innovative people who are passionate about their work. As part of the Census team, you will have the opportunity to define the makeup of our nation. In addition, the Census Bureau offers competitive pay, flexible work schedules, rapid promotion potential, a Thrift Savings Plan (401(k) equivalent program), and subsidized health coverage and life insurance. Employees receive 100 percent tuition reimbursement for job-related coursework and receive mass transit subsidies.
We are located just two miles outside of Washington DC in a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly building. Employees enjoy the benefits of teleworking, free parking, easy access to Metro, a full service-gym, co-ed sports leagues, business-casual dress, an on-campus day care center, two cafeterias, an on-site health unit (with staff physician), and convenient access to Bank of America and the Census Federal Credit Union.
Additional benefits include:

  • 13 vacation days per year (increases over time)
  • 13 sick leave days per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Alternate Work Schedule (AWS), which allows employees to work eight 9 hour days, one 8 hour day, and get one day off every other week
  • 4/10 schedule, which allows employees to work four 10 hour days and get one day off every week.


"Travel is not required for all positions but may be deemed critical for some.  For those positions where travel is required only applicants with the ability to travel will be referred."

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be placed at the Silver category or above for this position. Information on CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found at CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential

Relocation Expenses will be paid on a case by case basis



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by Monday, April 13, 2015.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: WA1070386. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire:, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents:
  • College transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please visit:

If you fail to submit any required documentation you will be rated ineligible for this vacancy.


Washington Services Branch
Phone: (202)606-2575
Agency Information:
COMMERCE Bureau of Census
Please do not send mail
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. A review of your complete application will be made within 2 weeks of submission. After your complete application is reviewed, you will be notified of your eligibility and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of three-months from the date their name is entered on the inventory. Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility by submitting a written request within two weeks of their expiration date to OPM's email address Only ONE extension will be granted. Applicants that would like consideration beyond the six-months period MUST reapply.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Denver, CO View Map
Atlanta, GA View Map
Chicago, IL View Map
Jeffersonville, IN View Map
Suitland, MD View Map
New York, NY View Map
Philadelphia, PA View Map

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