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Job Title:  Economist, ZP-0110-II/III, BEA-D-JAD
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Job Announcement Number:  BEA-ADNEA-2014-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 15, 2014 to Monday, August 25, 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-ADNEA-2014-0010. Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau'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 a Division or Branch in the National Economic Accounts, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing estimates of state and local government current receipts and expenditures.

BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work. It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth. BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines. The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance. This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.

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-03.

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


  • No


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


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The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1: Prepares, revises and analyzes estimates of components of gross domestic product.

*Major Duty 2: Analyze economic data and develop estimates of economic statistics.

*Major Duty 3: Engages in research projects, recommends and implements improvements to estimates, and prepares documentation of estimates.

*Major Duty 4: Communicate economic concepts, methods, and results with contacts inside and outside the organization.

*Major Duty 5: Develop computer applications to make estimates of economic statistics.


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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 II (GS-9 Level) To qualify for the band II (GS-9 level), you must meet the basic requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-7 level) or band II. Examples of qualifying experience include individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or 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.

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree


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 statistical material and applying statistical techniques and analysis to data; possessing responsibility for collecting economic data from a primary or variety of sources; manipulating or analyzing economic data; preparing statistical tables and reports; conducting independent 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

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.

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 Managements website located at http://www.opm/gov/qualifications.


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 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 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.

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) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positionsat the grade 9/ band II and above.

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

KSA 1: Ability to compile data and use appropriate statistical techniques.
KSA 2: Knowledge of economic theory.
KSA 3: Ability to perform economic research and document the results.
KSA 4: Ability to write and communicate in person about economic statistics.
KSA 5: Ability to design, code, and debug data processing algorithms.
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. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at

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 at least a rating of 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 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 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:

*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: James A. Davis at or 301-763-3705




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).

*Veterans' Preference documentation.If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, 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 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. If using foreign education to qualify, you must submit a certified evaluation of foreign equivalency to comparable U.S. education programs. 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 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.


James A. Davis
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038/ECB
Attn: Human Resources
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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