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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    This position is with the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Division of Federal/State Programs.  

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled either as an Economist or Statistician (Economics).

    This position is inside the bargaining unit. 

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • The employee has technical responsibility for all phases of the assigned Branch programs. Provides technical assistance and guidance to cooperating state agencies in the collection, processing, estimating, benchmarking, analysis and interpretation of data generated by the States and reviewed by the Branch programs. Communicates with regional and state staff in translating statistical program requirements into various automated systems. Incumbent has primary responsibility for maintaining, evaluating and controlling quality in the assigned programs.

    • Through on-site reviews and analysis of reports, assures the integrity and validity of data produced by cooperating state agencies. May collect data and coordinate quality control work including response analysis studies and other special projects to improve overall program output. Recommends changes in technical procedures, organization, staffing and budget to improve program effectiveness and data adequacy.

    • Develops technical instructions for the states on statistical methods and procedures. Prepares technical material to aid in the development of operating manuals and position papers for use by the regional office and the cooperating agencies. Conducts training and orientation seminars for state agency personnel and selected regional staff. Makes presentations and speeches to business, union, governmental and professional groups relative to assigned programs.

    • Reviews national program plans and specifications and comments on their adequacies and expected impact. Assists in adapting national directives to regional needs, conditions and resources. Serves on technical advisory committees and/or special working groups to develop and recommend improved procedures for gathering, processing and analyzing data.

    • May assist in contract negotiations with top state agency officials for experimental or demonstration projects and assumes considerable responsibility for evaluating and accomplishing State LMI and OSHS Cooperative Agreement performance deliverables.*

      Duties at the GS-07, GS-09 and GS-11 are development leading up to the full performance level of the GS-12.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel by any means of government or public transportation may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558357400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.