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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-BPD-2014-0014, Economist, ZP-0110-III/IV, BEA-M-LAM. Each announcement requires a separate application using the Bureau of Economic Analysis'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 an Economist position in the Balance of Payments Division, Research Branch, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC. 

The incumbent will evaluate and improve methodology and data quality, assist in the development of survey and sampling methodologies, analyze and interpret international transactions and investment, document existing programs, and assist in the release and dissemination of data and publications.  Work products will take a variety of forms including written articles and reports; public instruction and presentations; oral reports; advice and consultation; written and verbal correspondence; and documentation of methodologies and sources.  Research and analysis may address methodological and measurement issues, trends in the structure and composition of the balance of payments, and topics in international finance and investment, trade in goods and services, and globalization.

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: ZP-04. 

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. 

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


The individual selected for this position will: 

Major Duty 1:  Evaluate and improve the methodology and measurement of the U.S. balance of payments and international investment accounts, including survey and sampling issues associated with BEA’s survey program;
Major Duty 2:  Perform economic research and analysis on U.S. trade in goods and services, income flows, and international finance and investment.  Studies may cover such topics as trends in the structure and composition of the U.S. balance of payments and international investment position, trade in goods and services, international income flows, and globalization, or focus on methodological issues associated with producing statistics on these topics;
Major Duty 3:  Plan and carry out complex studies to analyze interrelationships among variables and interpret estimates that enter the national and international accounts; prepare reports/presentations describing results or findings;
Major Duty 4:  Develop methodologies and approaches for research; apply econometric/statistical methods and tools; resolve statistical problems; tabulate data; assess and check reliability of estimates; design or modify procedures for compiling, adjusting, and presenting data; document methodologies; provide advice;
Major Duty 5:  Brief BEA management; create and maintain databases; assist in the dissemination of data and publications;
Major Duty 6:  Collaborate with staff in other statistical agencies; and monitor and evaluate issues for impact on agency programs and policies.

Travel Required

  • Not Required