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Department:  Department Of The Treasury
Agency:  Internal Revenue Service
Job Announcement Number:  14CS6-LBX0118-0110-14-TP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $143,141.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 21, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Full-Time/ Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Edison, NJ View Map
New York, NY View Map
US citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? As an Economist, you will be an expert in transfer pricing and the valuation of tangible and intangible products, services and assets, serving as an advisor and consultant to others such as revenue agents, international examiners, trial attorneys and management officials of the Internal Revenue Service. You will be responsible for the review of transfer pricing studies and conducting independent analyses of transfer prices and determination of appropriate transfer prices. In this position, you will be responsible for the planning, execution and completion of research and analyses that require a wide variety of economic expertise.

WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL (LB&I) DIVISION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE? The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement. As our name suggests, international tax administration is an important part of what we do in LB&I. As part of the LB&I team, you will be assigned to work in International. Regardless of where you serve, you will be supported by a variety of specialists (economists, engineers, field specialists and technical advisors) as you tackle the most complex tax issues.

Three (3) positions are being filled in Transfer Pricing Operation (East) at any of the following locations: Washington, DC, New York City, NY, OR Edison, NJ.

The anticipated start date is 07/14/2014. This announcement has been extended until 4/30/2014.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 1 to 6 nights per month.


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As an Economist you will:

  • Perform research and analyses involved in examinations that include complex issues covering transfer pricing within an extensive range of industries and fields of specializations;
  • Conduct various kinds of microeconomic research and analyses that require the study of economic structure, business practices and functions;
  • Review and analyze economic, statistical, and tax data to determine the existence of a potential economic or valuation issues;
  • Develop an effective workplan, conducts research in databases, professional journals and publications, government publications and studies by other economists;
  • Perform analyses to determine value of tangible and intangible products, serves, and assets, and evaluates the values and analysis reported by taxpayers;
  • Provide expert technical advice concerning official action that will affect the economy;
  • Provide advice, counsel and recommendations to other economists and operating officials based on findings, interpretations and informal suggestions.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at


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You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Application of methods and techniques utilizing economic factors related to transfer pricing and transfers of tangible and intangible property, high value services, risk allocation and transfer pricing of foreign controlled corporations; and Development and analysis of transfer pricing factual information to recognize and evaluate significant and critical factors, solve complex problems, conduct comparability analyses, draw rational economic conclusions, prepare comprehensive reports; and an In-depth knowledge of the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code Sec. 482 sufficient to interpret data secured from tax returns and to understand sections applicable to assigned cases; and Preparation and delivery of written and oral communications to explain and defend transfer pricing related research findings, hold conferences with taxpayers and their representatives and maintain professional relationship and serves where necessary as a qualified witness for the government in litigation cases. OR

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: courses equivalent to a major in economics as indicated plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR

You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

- The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must have a bachelor's or higher degree in economics from an accredited college or university, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Economics, Interpersonal Skills , Oral Communication, Problem Solving/Decisiveness, Quantitative Techniques, Tax Issues, Technology Application, Written Communication. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C= Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

Qualified preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and receive consideration over non-preference eligibles within the same category. 

 Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.   
- This is a  bargaining unit position.  - We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

- A 1-year probationary period is required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
-Day Shift
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification.
- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns.  This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact Linda Williams at 267-941-1704 if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
  • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
  • To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application and the documentation received.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. . Eligible “category A” applicants who apply by 11:59 pm ET 4/25/2014  will be considered first. All other applicants will be considered in category order as needed, to fill remaining vacancies.  Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

If management determines an insufficient applicant pool, the closing date of this announcement may be extended beyond the original closing date.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.


A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.)
To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips

If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets

SOLE SURVIVORSHIP PREFERENCE: Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.


Linda Williams
Phone: 1-866-743-5748, Option 9
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 267-941-1797
Agency Information:
2970 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Fax: 000-000-0000


You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status”. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”

Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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