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Job Title:International Economist (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-MAS-2014-0026

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 $138,136.00 / Per Year


Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014




Competitive Service: Career or Career-conditional - Full-time, Permanent




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All qualified United States citizens.






About the Agency

The Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA), Industry & Analysis (I&A) is looking for an energetic, innovative International Economist who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission driven organization. The ideal candidate will have specialized experience with economic data and statistics. This position requires knowledge of trade and industry data, and applied statistical packages. The selectee will serve as an International Economist conducting complex economic research.

This position is located in the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, Industry & Analysis, International Trade Administration (ITA). The selectee will serve as an International Economist. The Office of Trade and Economic Analysis provides industry and policy decision makers with information on the impacts of economic and regulatory policies on U.S. manufacturing and services industries, as well as provides a solid foundation of trade and industry data to support the development of national trade policies. OTEA performs in-depth industry analysis on the effects of both domestic and foreign policy developments on U.S. business competitiveness. OTEA publishes research papers that analyze global competitiveness, employment, and the environment. OTEA also does research and analysis to support the National Export Initiative.

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.

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.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This position is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as vacancy # ITA-MAS-2014-0025.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (, if applicable.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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The selectee will be the Team Leader for the Data Analysis team in OTEA. The Data Analysis team is the pre-imminent economic data and information group in the International Trade Administration (ITA). Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and ensuring the quality of OTEA's data and information resources; ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of analytical reports produced by OTEA and the Office of Trade Policy and Analysis; and providing technical, statistical, and analytical assistance to Industry and Analysis and other units in the International Trade Administration.
  • Preparing international trade and economic background and briefing materials for senior executive officials to use in policy development and promulgation.
  • Analyzing key international trade and economic issues and policy recommendations at the request of senior ITA and Commerce officials for economic effects on U.S. trade policies and initiatives.
  • Advising on, critiquing, and recommending international trade and economic policies based on relevant economic factors and likely outcomes.
  • Briefing senior ITA and Departmental officials on key international trade and economic issues.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


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IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE. To qualify for the GS-14, applicants MUST possess at least one year or 52 weeks of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-13 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience with economic data and statistics; applied statistical packages; working with or leading a team of multidisciplinary representatives; and experience with economic and international trade issues.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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


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

Examples of qualifying experience include:

  1. individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation.
  2. supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  3. teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at


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. Ability to develop strategies and policies involving complex international economic issues.
  2. Skill in data analysis as it relates to international economic issues.
  3. Skill in using technical quantitative data processing packages.
  4. Skill in both verbal and written communication.

    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 80 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Managements 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 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 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 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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