Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Survey Methods Research (OSMR), whose mission is to plan and direct a continuing program of research by evaluating statistical and behavioral science aspects of survey programs, suggesting improvements, and by conducting statistical development studies.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the Department of Labor (DOL) is the principal Federal statistical agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support the public and private decision-making that forms the basis of our democratic, free-enterprise system. Like all Federal statistical agencies, the BLS executes its statistical mission with independence, serving its users by providing products and services that are accurate, objective, relevant, timely, and accessible.

This announcement will have cut-off dates on January 3, January 24, and close on February 14. Qualified applicants will be sent to the hiring managers for review after each cut-off date. All applicants who apply on or before the cut off date will be reviewed and do not need to reapply after each cut off. This announcement will close after the position has been filled, or on the last cut off date.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-14 grade level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.

Writing samples and three professional references will be required at the time of interview.

Applications for this announcement will be accepted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button.


This position is located in the Behavioral Science Research Center (BSRC) within the Office of Survey Methods Research. The mission of the Office of Survey Methods Research is to plan and direct a continuing research and evaluation program for the Bureau that seeks to minimize major sources of survey error and to ensure the dissemination of high quality data. The primary purpose of the (BSRC) research program is to evaluate the cognitive and statistical aspects of survey programs to suggest improvements and to identify statistically sound and effective methodologies.

1. The incumbent is responsible for a wide range of non-supervisory managerial and administrative duties, including:

  • Assisting other researchers with planning, conducting and evaluating research in one or more areas of statistics or behavioral sciences applicable to BLS surveys and programs. The results and findings of research projects may be used to set standards for Bureau procedures for design, data collection, estimation or publications.
  • Participating in interoffice and interagency work groups and teams as assigned. - Responding to relatively routine inquiries from the general public, and other Federal agencies.
  • Interacting with researchers in academic, government, and other research institutions to exchange and/or gather information.
2. Participates in developing methodologies and approaches for research, and participates in preparing reports and recommendations regarding program aspects.

3. Assists the BLS program offices with the solution of technical problems related to the development, evaluation or implementation of survey forms.

4. Analyzes data obtained in laboratory studies and field tests designed to investigate survey concepts. Uses appropriate quantitative assessment methods and evaluates questions through laboratory experiments and through the use of statistical techniques such as univariate analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, regression analysis, and factor analysis.

5. Reviews statistical and survey literature and prepares summaries and analyses of selected articles and topics, and consults with statistical methods organizations and program offices within BLS as needed for research projects.

6. Prepares articles and/or technical reports documenting research findings for publication. May be requested to present findings to other BLS and DOL organizations, at technical seminars and/or professional meetings.

7. Assists BLS program offices with the solution of technical problems related to the design, estimation and dissemination work related to surveys and statistical publications.

Relocation Authorized

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