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Job Title:  Economist, ZP-0110-III/IV, BEA-D-LAM
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Job Announcement Number:  BEA-BPD-2014-0016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 02, 2014 to Friday, June 13, 2014
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional - Full-Time, Permanent
FEW vacancies - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
All qualified United States citizens.
Not Applicable


About the Agency

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. 


  • Not Required


  • 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 (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met.


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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.


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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 III (GS-11/12)
In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below. 

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (GS-9) equivalent level or band II.  Examples of specialized experience include: compiling and assembling economic material and applying statistical techniques and analysis to data; applying concepts and definitions of the U.S. international economic accounts; possessing responsibility for collecting economic data from a primary or variety of sources; manipulating or analyzing economic data; preparing statistical tables and reports; conducting research 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 communicating economic concepts at various levels.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 

BAND IV (GS-13/14)
In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (GS-12) equivalent level or band III.  Examples of specialized experience include: compiling and assembling economic material and applying statistical techniques; using economic theories and principles; formulating and conducting a research program of considerable scope and complexity on economic topics, specifically international economics; resources planning; providing leadership and consultation on economic topics such as international trade, international finance (including direct investment), international services, U.S. balance of payments and international investment position accounts; communicating results of research and/or economic analysis in writing and in person to technical and non-technical groups.

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

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


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.  However, your resume 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.  

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 

KSA 1: Knowledge of economics and of the techniques and methods of economic research, with particular focus on topics in microeconomics and international economics;
KSA 2:  Ability to write about economic statistics and research, and ability to communicate in person to general and specialist audiences;
KSA 3:  Ability to use statistical or econometric techniques to produce research reports;
KSA 4:  Skill in applying concepts and definitions of the U.S. international economic accounts, including balance of payments measures of international trade and finance;
KSA 5:  Skill in analyzing and manipulating economic statistics.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Benefits include: health, life, dental and vision insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave (employees accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on years of employment), ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts. 

Additional benefits may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, exercise and shower facilities, career development with a generous training program, and more.


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website 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 or band 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. 

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:  

*Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
*30% or more disabled veterans
*Persons with disabilities
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) 

The Department of Commerce 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 Office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

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.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact:  Lori McDonald at Lori. A. or 301-763-3705.

More than one position may be filled through this vacancy announcement.



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.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade or band level for the position(s).  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 

*SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," if applicable, supporting your eligibility.
*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. 
For more information, please go to

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable. See the “Other Information” section. 

*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you may be asked to 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. 

*Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.).  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.


Delegated Examining Unit
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038
Attn: Human Resources/ECB/DEU
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Applicant Status.” 

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  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, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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