Arlington, Virginia
Jul 01, 2022
Jul 06, 2022
Full Time

  • Conducts research studies on economic topics including industries, products and data, and applies a high degree of insight to isolate and define key features of the problem. Presents research results in comprehensive reports, tables, and charts. Solves major economic problems and draws rational inferences based on research findings. Identifies and interprets trends and makes rigorous economic forecasts based on data.
  • Knowledge of highly specialized theories, principles, and concepts of economics sufficient to serve as a technical expert and advisor for the agency on pertinent issues pertaining to economic analysis. Expert knowledge of technical terms and concepts related to economics and statistics to communicate with diverse internal and external customers and effectively review, interpret, and edit manuscripts, reports, and publications. Represents the agency with senior leadership, the private sector, other Federal agencies, state and local agencies, Congressional interests, and other stakeholders on issues related to economics.
  • Reviews the regulatory and economic impact analyses to assess compliance with any relevant Executive Orders, laws, and directives. Conducts quantitative evaluation studies to existing and emerging economic problems, policies, and legislation to determine the extent to which current program objectives are being achieved, their effect, and their long-term implications. Reviews work of lower-graded economists and ensures compliance with current policy guidance and technical regulations as well as overall technical quality.
  • Provides review and guidance on the scope and conduct of the economic analyses. Provides leadership and technical guidance in resolving technical conflicts and provides clear guidance on the application of complex technical principles and analyses to project issues.
  • Skill in proofreading text, tables, and charts and finding and editing grammatical errors, missing information, unformatted text, noncompliant style, redundant sentences, and ambiguous statements.
  • Applies expertise in data collection, analysis, and economic modeling. Prepares mathematical models and develops and implements sophisticated predicting techniques required for solutions to significant problems for forecasting comparisons of without and with project conditions. Mastery of new and established practices and procedures to include but, not limited to, the following: the statistical formula for determining sample size, procedures for sample selection, the method of organizing actual data collection and reporting, procedures for data verification, processing and tabulation, and the principles and policy governing analysis and coordination of findings.
  • Works in a matrix environment on interdisciplinary teams or leading teams with personnel from other divisions, offices, and agencies. Interact with a variety of individuals across the agency as well as external experts, professionals, researchers, and contractors to further the agency's goals and research.


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

This position is being filled through Direct Hire Authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applications do NOT apply. Veteran's preference does not apply.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.


Basic Requirements

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

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

  • In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

    Examples of specialized experience include at least 4 of the following 7:
    • Demonstrating professional knowledge of economic theories, principles, and applications to serve as a technical expert and advisor for the agency on economic analysis;
    • Expertise on the availability and usage of economic and statistical data from internal and external sources;
    • Applying theories and methods to provide data analysis, statistical pattern and trend analysis, and economic analysis including modeling and simulation, using agency approved software;
    • Identifying issues, define problems, analyze and conduct complex policy research and evaluations;
    • Developing detailed reports, regulatory guidance, and options for policy and resource issues;
    • Mastery of oral and written communication skills sufficient to articulate policy recommendations and supporting arguments clearly and concisely; and,
    • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with staff within an agency.


    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

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    Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

    All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.