Research Economist, ZP-0110-IV, BEA-M-JMW
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

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Some applicants may not be eligible to be hired under THIS announcement. Please make sure you apply to the announcement that entitles you to consideration. Read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see BEA-CE-2013-0002, Research Economist, ZP-0110-IV, BEA-D-JMW , which can be accessed at

This vacancy is for a Research Economist position in the Office of the Chief Economist, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

BEA is seeking a PhD-level economist with demonstrated knowledge of health sector issues for a research position. The incumbent will plan and carry out independent economic research projects concerning economic measurement questions in the construction of a Health Account. He or she will analyze large claims databases for Medicaid recipients using computer programming languages such as SAS or STATA, and will apply econometric techniques as needed. He or she will publish this work in academic journals and the Survey of Current Business, and present this work at conferences. The incumbent will also carry out directed research projects on measurement topics important to BEA's economic accounts. The incumbent will participate in collaborative projects with staff of the office of the Chief Economist, and other BEA divisions or statistical agencies.

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-04.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.

Ph.D. is preferred 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 (
You must be suitable for Federal employment.

Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met. DUTIES:
The individual selected for this position will:
  • Major Duty 1: Support research efforts in the Office of Chief Economist in the areas of health care spending.
  • Major Duty 2: Produce independent research for publication in the BEA Working Paper Series, BEA’s Survey of Current Business as well as refereed journals.
  • Major Duty 3: Convey economic research information through presentations at conferences and university seminars.
The following items will be requested during the interview phase:

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A writing sample showing the author's ability to explain findings of economic research,
  • Two letters of recommendation. 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.


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 IV (GS-13/14) To qualify for the band IV (GS-13 level), you meet the basic education requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12 level) or band III. Examples of specialized experience include: experience researching topics in health economics, authoring academic papers, reports and publications, applying statistical/economic techniques to large databases, use of programming language demonstrated by completed coursework, certification, or use of the programming language in prior research.

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.

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

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position. 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. However, your resume 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.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

KSA 1: Knowledge of health economics and of the techniques and methods of health economics research.

KSA 2: Ability to write about economic research.

KSA 3: Ability to apply statistical or econometric techniques to large databases.

KSA 4: Ability to write computer programs using statistical analysis software.
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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 .

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 a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (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 or band 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:

  • Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
  • 30% or more disabled veterans
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
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