Economist ZP-0110-II/III, BEA-D-CPG
Department Of Commerce - Washington, DC

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized throughout the United States and around the world as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics available. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used in decision-making by policy-makers in the Congress and the executive agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury. BEA's data are also used extensively by private businesses and a wide range of regional organizations, state and local governments, businesses and educational institutions.

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-IAD-2013-0001 . Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ 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 a Economist position in the Input-Output Statistics Branch, Industry Applications Division located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The incumbent will serve as an economist with responsibility for preparing economic statistics on input, outputs, value added, and final expenditures in the U.S. economy. The incumbent is also responsible for developing and maintaining estimation applications using SQL, C#, and SAS. Other responsibilities include developing improved methods to address limitations in current estimation procedures and gaps in data coverage; interpreting and analyzing economic statistics from variety of sources; providing clear and concise written and verbal communications; assisting with technical issues related to the production of economic statistics; and performing individual research.

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-III .

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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 (www.sss.gov).

You must be suitable for Federal employment.

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the

selectee can be placed in the position.

DUTIES:
The individual selected for this position will:
Major Duty 1 - Responsible for preparing economic statistics on input, outputs, value added, and final expenditures in the U.S. economy.

Major Duty 2 - Responsible for developing and maintaining estimation applications using SQL, C#, and SAS.

Major Duty 3 - Develop improved methods to address limitations in current estimation procedures and gaps in data coverage.

Major Duty 4 - Interpret and analyze economic statistics from a variety of sources.

Major Duty 5 - Provide clear and concise written and verbal communications.

Major Duty 6 - Assist with technical issues related to the production of economic statistics.

Major Duty 7 - Perform individual research.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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.

OR

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

BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:
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 specialized experience include: experience applying and using economic and statistical concepts, techniques, and methods; identifying and resolving data abnormalities; estimating and manipulating data; working collaboratively with others or as a part of a team to develop economic statistics or reports and other economic/statistical materials; communicating in person or in writing on economic related topics; and using IT tools to develop computer programs, subroutines, or data processing algorithms.

OR

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 Level) To qualify for the band III (GS-11 level), you meet the basic education requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9 level) or band II. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience applying and using economic and statistical concepts, techniques, and methods; identifying and resolving data abnormalities; estimating and manipulating data; working collaboratively with others or as a part of a team to develop economic statistics or reports and other economic/statistical materials; communicating in person or in writing on economic related topics; and using IT tools to develop computer programs, subroutines, or data processing algorithms.

OR

A Ph.D. in Economics or you must have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in Economics.

Note: To receive consideration for this vacancy, transcripts (unofficial or official) must be faxed in before the closing date. Please refer to the faxing instructions below. There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for this position.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 positions at 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 - Knowledge of and ability to apply economic concepts, techniques and methods.

--KSA 2 - Ability to develop, understand, identify, and correct the sources of discrepancies in complex data processing algorithms.

--KSA 3 - Ability to communicate on economic related topics in writing and in person to a variety of audiences.

--KSA 4 - Ability to design, code, and debug data processing algorithms using SQL, C#, SAS, and/or programming languages.

--KSA 5 - Ability to prepare and analyze statistical data.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
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 http://www.usa.gov/Federal_Employees/Benefits.shtml .

Additional benefits may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, exercise and shower facilities, career development with a generous training program, and more.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp . 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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