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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Economist/Operations Research Analyst
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-HQ-EI-14-00594-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 18, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
  • Current Federal employee with competitive status
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
  • CTAP/ICTAP eligibles
  • Veterans with VOW, VEOA or VRA eligibility
  • Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority
Not Applicable


About the Agency

This position is located on the Integrated Analysis Team in the Office of Integrated and International Energy Analysis, Office of Energy Analysis (OEA), U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The position serves as the lead of the Short-Term Energy Forecasting Team, which is composed of subject-expert analysts across the Office of Energy Analysis. The Team is responsible for short-term analysis and projections of domestic and international energy demand, supply, conversion, and prices of fuels. This Team performs the energy analysis and produces the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) that is published monthly. This requires analysis of complex energy/economic data and methodological techniques and relates the results of such analysis to high-level policy makers, the general public, the Congress, and the Administration. The Team also completes periodic and special purpose reports (supplements) on the short-term future of energy markets under alternative assumptions of economic growth, prices, and technological change or which discuss energy trends in the short term. The person in this position will also be responsible for leading development of the Regional Short-term Energy Model (RSTEM), which is used to produce the STEO, be an expert energy analyst, and technical authority. Working with the Office of Communications, the Team is also responsible for formatting and posting the monthly results on the EIA website.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Interdisciplinary Economist/Operations Research Analyst, you will:

  • Coordinate and review work daily, weekly, and/or monthly related to STEO to include planning work to be accomplished by team members, setting and adjusting short-term priorities, and preparing schedules for completion of work; and giving advice, counsel, or instruction to team members on technical work matters only.
  • Direct the compilation of the monthly publication, assuring the reasonableness of the forecasts as well as the accuracy of the data.
  • Be responsible for technical direction of EIA analysts and contractors in energy analysis and forecasting relating to STEO, including the design, development, and implementation of new modeling approaches, as well as the documentation of such efforts.
  • Complete presentations on analyses results, program, problems, and recommends solutions that impact the activities of other EIA offices.
  • Assure that forecast and historical data are consistent with data appearing in other EIA publications and coordinates the resolution of any discrepancies.
  • Represent EIA on agency and interagency committees, as related to the foregoing responsibilities.
  • Prepare or direct expert analysis or technical reviews of the potential impact of energy legislation on short-term demand and supply.
  • Complete analyses on economic and energy questions pertaining to a wide range of energy issues.


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    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Experience with the design, construction, and use of energy models,
  • Experience originating new ideas, projects, studies, and methodologies for use in their own work and for other Analysts to follow
  • Experience leading a team of analysts in the production of a major study intended for policymakers, and managing contracts with consultants to build or update energy models.
  • Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  • Knowledge of economic/operations research analysis techniques.
  • Ability to develop and utilize appropriate data collection techniques.
  • Skill in coordinating extensive projects in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Ability to originate new ideas, projects, studies, and methodologies.
  • Ability to design, build, and use models and simulation techniques.
  • Knowledge of economic/operations research sufficient to apply new analytical developments.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with customers, information sources and project team members.
  • Knowledge in the use of programming of EVIEWS or similar statistical and forecasting program such as SAS, RATS, or other.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.



We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.
If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form (SF) 50. To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show: position title and type, occupational series, grade, and tenure. This is a blank sample SF-50 and should not be submitted with your application!
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Baron Walden
Phone: 202-586-6425
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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