Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 07, 2022
Closes
Oct 14, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the DOT-OIG economics group, which produces its own research and consults on work throughout the agency. The economics group's research requires advanced expertise in microeconometrics, and increasingly involves machine learning techniques. DOT-OIG economists are required to continue to develop their skills through continuing education and attending economics conferences. In addition, they have published and are encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

The group's analyses have encompassed a wide range of transportation-related topics, including: effects of the tarmac delay rule on airline cancellations, impacts of trucker wait times on commercial motor vehicle crash rates, effects of competition on airline service quality, efficiency of air traffic control towers, and anticompetitive practices in bidding on highway projects.

You will serve in the area of economic analysis with responsibility for conducting research and analysis of economic data; assisting in the preparation of interpretive reports, advising and consulting on economic matters for transportation and related programs and operations. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Uses expert knowledge of microeconomic literature, along with a basic knowledge of machine learning literature, to identify current best economic research practices for each audit topic area on which he or she is called to consult or contribute.
  • Expertly reviews relevant economics and machine learning literature on the topic area for additional guidance. Adapts and extends the research methods identified through this knowledge and review to address the topics at hand.
  • Conducts data analyses to research transportation economics issues. Develops, estimates, and tests micro-econometric models to identify factors associated with or affecting transportation-related concerns and/or uses machine learning techniques to explore the issue at hand. Ensures that the quality of his or her data analyses is sufficient to provide reliable evidence for audit findings.
  • Prepares work papers, drafts report sections, and develops presentations detailing the methodologies used and findings developed in each audit. Produces these written products and presentations in language comprehensible to a nontechnical audience.
  • Provides technical expertise in writing technical reports, briefing papers, and testimony in support of the audit and investigations staff.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date.
  • Mandatory education requirement - Must submit transcripts.


APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. IF SELECTED, AN OFFICIAL/SEALED TRANSCRIPT WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT DATE BEING ESTABLISHED.

IF YOU HAVE EARNED A DEGREE FROM A FOREIGN INSTITUTION YOU MUST SUBMIT WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVIDENCE THAT ANY EDUCATION COMPLETED IN A FOREIGN INSTITUTION WAS APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING BODY RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS EQUIVALENT TO U.S. STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT http://www.ed.gov .

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience.

Basic Requirements

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

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


  • Evaluation of Experience

    Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
  • supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  • 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.

  • Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:
  • economic statistics;
  • industrial surveys;
  • management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
  • industrial planning;
  • writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
  • financial market analysis.

  • AND

    Specialized Experience GS-12: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

    Examples of specialized experience include: Research experience in microeconomics, to include reviewing a a range of micro-econometric literature and/or machine learning literature; applying various methods from researched literature; manipulating large datasets; and applying micro-econometric methods and/or machine learning techniques to the investigation of complex issues resulting in the production of at least one professional quality empirical economic research paper.

    GS-13 Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

    Examples of specialized experience include: Conducting microeconomics research and reviewing micro-econometric and machine learning literature; adapting and extending various methods from researched literature; manipulation of large datasets; using advanced micro-econometric methods and/or machine learning techniques to investigate complex issues resulting in the production of two or more professional quality empirical economic research papers; advising/consulting on economic matters/operations; and presenting/addressing on economic issues.

    ***PhD PREFERRED***

    Candidate applications will be evaluated using the following competencies:

    Economics: Knowledge of economic policy, principles, and practices, market and non-market values, and the analysis and reporting of economic data.

    Mathematical Reasoning: Solves practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques.

    Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

    Education

    Basic Requirements

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

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


  • Evaluation of Experience

    Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
  • supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  • 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.

  • Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:
  • economic statistics;
  • industrial surveys;
  • management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
  • industrial planning;
  • writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
  • financial market analysis.


  • Additional information

    OIG carries out its mission by issuing audit reports, evaluations, management advisories, and other products with findings and recommendations to improve program delivery and performance.

    This position has been identified as a telework-eligible position.

    THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL LIKE VACANCIES IN THE ANNOUNCED DUTY LOCATIONS.

    This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority . Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this authority.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306). Individuals selected for positions will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty.

    THIS AGENCY 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 AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

    If selected for this position, you will be subject to favorable adjudication of an employment suitability determination.

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