Economist, GS-0110--09/11/12
Department Of Health And Human Services - Montgomery County, MD

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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department Of Human Health Services (DHHS),Centers for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Policy (OP), Montgomery County (MD).

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CTP-MP-13-814920 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Background investigation required.

DUTIES:
Assists in developing research plans for investigating methodology and data to estimate the cost of prevention programs, costs of illness, productivity costs due to diseases, and economic benefits from health outcomes. With the assistance of a higher-graded Economist, provides support on many areas of the tobacco industry including growing and processing tobacco and the manufacture, marketing, and retailing of diverse tobacco products. Provides support concerning the economics of illicit tobacco trade. Performs routine analysis of the impact of regulatory and policy options on aspects of the tobacco industry as directed, participates in the development of regulatory impact analyses for CTP regulation including complying with relevant Executive Orders and statutory requirements such as the Executive Order 12866 and the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act. Participates in meetings with economists within FDA and other federal agencies such as CDC on the development of regulatory impact analyses. Provides support on areas of benefit cost analysis including uncertainty analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, benefit monetization techniques, and incremental/marginal analysis of regulatory alternatives assigned projects that require data collection, data evaluation, data management for statistical and/or economic evaluations and health policy/tobacco product studies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
A degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

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

GS-09 Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 specialized experience that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience I have one year of specialized experience, in the Federal service, to include experience assisting in conducting economic research or analysis .

GS-11 Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 specialized experience that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience in the Federal service, to include experience planning and conducting economic research or analysis .

GS-12 Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 specialized experience that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, in the federal service, to include experience planning, conducting, and evaluating economic research or analysis .

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov .

Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees . Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: May be authorized

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

9. Drug Screening Required: No

10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: May be authorized

11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: May be authorized

12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: May be authorized

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veteransÂ’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of statistical procedures, econometrics and computer methods in order to develop creative solutions to analytical problems

Ability to conduct economic analysis and communicate results to a variety of groups and individuals

Skill in oral communication

Skill in written communication

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans .

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov ).

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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