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Job Title:  Economist or Statistician
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Announcement Number:  MS-13-ATL-BLS-605-tam

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$59,987.00 to $93,470.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Permanent - Full-Time
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Greensboro, NC, USView Map
Nashville, TN, USView Map

Current DOL, Bureau of Labor and Statistics employees with competitive status


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

For more information about DOL’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:

Who May Apply: Status Candidates which include:

• Current DOL, Bureau of Labor and Statistics employees with competitive status

Organizational Location: This position is with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Field Operations, Atlanta Region, Division of Compensation Programs, located in Greensboro, NC and Nashville, TN. 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. It has a dual role as the statistical arm of the Department of Labor and as an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates sensitive economic and statistical data to the American public, Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration
  • Requires a valid drivers license.


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As an Economist for the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, you will represent the Bureau as a technical expert with your prominent enterprises that by nature of their size or significance are essential to the reliability of national, regional, or local survey results. Your duties will include:

• Carrying out complex data collection assignments requiring the development and modification of collection techniques and procedures;

• Researching and developing a profile of the enterprise’s organizational structure and its key officials to determinate appropriate points of contacts;

• Evaluating data for consistency within the enterprise, area and industry to ensure conformity of survey standards;

• Developing data collection strategy for enterprises that have a history of non-response or a reluctance to participate in BLS surveys.


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This announcement is being used to fill interdisciplinary positions – Economists, GS-0110 or Statisticians, GS-1530.  You must meet the qualification requirements of at least one of the series.  If selected, you will be placed in the series under which you qualify.

This position requires that you meet an Individual Occupation Requirement (IOR) for the series to which you are applying.

To meet the Individual Occupation Requirement for the Economist, GS-0110 series, you must possess:

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

• Combination of education, as indicated above, and qualifying experience. Qualifying experience includes:

     1. Conducting economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;

     2.  Serving as a 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.

To meet the Individual Occupation Requirement for the Statistician, GS-1530 series, you must possess:

• Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. OR,

• Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

For more information on substituting or combining education, please visit:


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the IOR, you must meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position.

You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:

• One year of specialized experience that demonstrates the ability to gather, compute and analyze data for surveys and/or labor market;

• Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR,

• Combinations of education and specialized experience.

You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that demonstrates your ability to:

• Perform economic or statistics work related to surveys or labor market reports requiring planning, gathering of information, analysis and evaluation, and reporting conclusions;

• Interpret economic information, and prepare preliminary reports based on this information.

The specialized experience requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.

Selective Placement Factor(SPF): In addition to possessing the experience and/or education listed above, you must meet the SPF. An SPF is an additional qualification that is required to perform the functions of a position. The SPF for this position is:

Driver's License Requirement: At the time of your appointment into this position, you must possess a valid state driver's license and be able to maintain this license throughout the duration of your employment into this position.

Time-in-Grade:  Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time-after-competitive-appointment requirements, as well as qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection.


Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your competencies will be rated between 70 and 100 based on your responses to the online assessment. If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), you must earn a score of 85 above to be considered well qualified.

The competencies on which you will be rated for this position are:

SELF MANAGEMENT:  Ability to set will-defined and realistic personal goals; ability to display a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; ability to work with minimal supervision and demonstrate responsible behavior;

DECISION-MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING:  Ability to draw conclusions and solve problems to achieve specified goals by generating alternatives, considering risks and evaluating and choosing the best alternatives; skill in identifying and analyzing problems;

ORAL COMMUNICATION:  Ability to effectively express information, examples, ideas or facts to individuals or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations; effective listening skills; skill in recognizing and attending to nonverbal cues and ability to respond appropriately to these cues;

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  Ability to recognize or use proper English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information, facts, ideas or messages in a succinct and organized manner; ability to produce written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience;

ECONOMIC DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS:  Knowledge of principles, procedures, tools and activities of economic data management and analysis, such as study design, collections, review, analysis and interpretation of data and the reporting of results sufficient to conduct systematic and objective economic inquiries; ability to maintain current and sufficient knowledge of developments in data management, on both macro and micro scales.

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


Salary: The salary listed is a range of the base salary and is not specific to location. To find information on salary based on a particular location, please visit:

The number of vacancies indicated represents the expected number of positions expected to be filled under this announcement. However, selections made will be based on agency needs.

This position is covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DOL requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, if selected, you may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position.  This may include, but may not be limited to, a review of financial issues and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Promotion Potential:  There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Relocation:  Expenses will not be paid.

Work Environment/Conditions:  The majority of the work is performed out of the employee’s home.  Field work will be required on a regular and reoccurring as needed/directed basis.  Employees will be required to travel field locations as needed/directed.  You will be required to drive to areas within the region. You will be required to drive on highways, local streets, at night and sometimes in unfavorable weather conditions.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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To begin your online application, click the “Apply Online” button and follow the steps below. You must meet all of the qualifications of this announcement and your application and all required documents MUST be submitted and received at by the closing date of the announcement.

STEP 1 – If you’ve not previously done so, create a USAJOBS account. If you already have a USAJobs account, you must be logged on to continue. Once logged on, you will verify your information and be provided an opportunity to view, edit and upload additional information and documents.
STEP 2 – Access and answer the assessment questions by clicking the “Apply Online” button.
STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.   NOTE: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 - Review Application and click “Finish” .
STEP 5 - You may edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm EST of closing date. However, to be considered at the time certificate of eligible applicants are issued, your documentation must be submitted at the time of your application.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.  The address below is for inquiries only.  If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the Agency listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions.  You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.


Resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English. It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.

SF 50: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of your SF-50(s) showing your competitive service appointment, tenure group, time-in-grade, promotion potential and salary.

Transcripts are required to verify that you meet the IOR and/or minimum qualification requirements. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see

Completed online self-assessment questionnaire

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): You must submit a separation notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found at:

Performance Appraisal: You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.


HR Specialist
Phone: 404-302-5844
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Sam Nunn Center
61 Forsyth Street SW
Rm 6B50
Atlanta, GA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Human Resources will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews. You will be notified by email upon completion of each step. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status" and then click "More Information". If you are referred, you will receive an electronic disposition notification within 90 days or less.

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