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Job Title:  Import Policy Analyst (DEU)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-IA-2014-0039

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,146.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 7, 2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014
Career or Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service - Full-time/Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All qualified United States Citizens.


About the Agency

The Office of Policy, Subsidies Enforcement Office, is looking for an energetic, innovative analyst who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission-driven organization. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in countervailing duty (CVD) law and proceedings, as well as international subsidy rules and will apply forward-thinking leadership in promoting and implementing a vision that fosters organizational excellence. The ability to work well in a team environment with some technical supervision is required. The incumbent will assist in the development and implementation of strategies that anticipate customer needs, and the execution of vital change initiatives. 

This position in located in the Subsidies Enforcement Office, Office of Policy, Office of Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration (ITA).

ITA is the Federal agency responsible for promoting American exports and supporting international trade through various trade-related services, including business counseling, partnership development, and monitoring of and compliance with trade agreements. ITA also coordinates the Federal role in attracting international investment into the United States through the SelectUSA program. ITA is a global bureau of the Department of Commerce, composed of more than 2400 employees at offices throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world.

A one-year probationary/trial period may be required. 

If you are found to be qualified and your name is forwarded to the hiring manager, you may be contacted for an interview and you should be prepared and available for an interview within 3-4 weeks from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

This position is also being announced under merit promotion procedures as vacancy number ITA-IA-2014-0040.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • United States citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (


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This position is that of an Import Policy Analyst in the Subsidies Enforcement Office (SEO), reporting directly to the Director for Subsidies Enforcement. Duties will focus on U.S. countervailing duty (CVD) law and proceedings, as well as international subsidy rules. The incumbent provides support to more senior analysts in providing advice to the SEO Direct and other high-level officials on significant issues concerning CVD proceedings, World Trade Organization proceedings involving subsidies, international negotiations relating to subsidies disciplines, economic analysis, and import trends. The incumbent assumes a supporting role in the formulation, development, and implementation of the organization’s subsidies-related programs.


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For the GS-9, specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-7) or equivalent.  Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting data related to countervailing duties (CVD) cases and subsidies-related trade.

For the GS-11,  specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-9) or equivalent.  Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting in  developing trade policy or rules and interacting with international trade stakeholders or institutions on international subsidies-related trade agreement rules and countervailing duties (CVD) cases.

For the GS-12, specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11) or equivalent.  Specialized experience is defined as experience coordinating with governmental and external stakeholders in developing a common agenda, policies, or programs in the area of U.S. and international subsidies rules and experience with the administration or execution of countervailing duty (CVD) cases and the development implementation of countervailing duty (CVD) and subsidies enforcement policies and rules.

Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 and GS-11 or equivalent levels.

For the GS-9 level, a master's or equivalent graduate degree
OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., or equivalent level, if related.

For the GS-11 level, a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a degree OR LL.M., or equivalent level, if related.

Related fields may include international trade and international policy, or other related fields of study.



We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation 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 (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) 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 scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “gold” category 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) depending on the position and grade level of the job. 

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

  1. Knowledge of U.S. CVD trade laws and relevant policies and practices.
  2. Interpersonal skills that contribute to the Office’s collaborative and cooperative work efforts that facilitate effectively advocating Department interests.
  3. Ability to research, analyze, and interpret data related to CVD cases, and subsidies-related trade agreements, and communicate results, both verbally or in person and in written form.
  4. Knowledge of trade policy development and international trade institutions in the area of international subsidies rules.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively verbally or in person and in writing in order to develop and present policy issues to decision makers and prepare briefing papers and public notices.
For more information on category rating, please go to:

To preview questions please click here.


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ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at:

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 
  1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  2. A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL.
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shoes your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:


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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 the bottom 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 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 by e-mail at or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.



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 educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Veterans’ Preference documentation. 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, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must 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.

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 in 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 on the Department of Education's website - 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.



Fred Person
Phone: 202-482-5243
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are: 
  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected 
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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