Research Economist, ZP-0110-III/IV, BEA-D-VFP

Washington D.C.
Mar 03, 2017
May 02, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

About the Agency

BEA’s mission, to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost effective manner, is implemented through collecting data, conducting research and analysis, developing and implementing estimation methodologies, and disseminating data. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used by fiscal and monetary policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Treasury.

BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely composed of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. If you are looking to make an impact applying top-flight analytical skills to measure and understand the nation’s economy, BEA is the right place for you. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site.

BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The SFC is an award-winning, state-of-the-art workplace conveniently located directly off the Suitland Metro stop; free parking and a variety of vanpools, carpools, and bus lines are also available. On-site amenities include a cafeteria, gym, health center, and child development center.
This vacancy is for a Research Economist position in the Office of the Chief Economist located in Suitland, MD. This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see BEA-CE-2017-0010, ZP-0110-III/IV, BEA-M-VFP. This position is Eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
This vacancy will be open for 60 days. The initial cut off date for referral is March 24, 2017. Additional referral lists will be issued as needed until vacancies are filled up to the closing date of this announcement which is May 1, 2017.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (

    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.

    In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

    EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (GS-9) equivalent level or band II. Examples of specialized experience include: experience collecting and manipulating economic data; producing statistical data; developing programming modules; evaluating data quality; and experience preparing written or verbal communications.



    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: Band IV (GS 13/14) equivalent
    In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

    EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade pay band ZP-III or GS-12. Specialized experience is work experience providing effective feedback to team members/support staff; reviewing statistics for accuracy; evaluating and interpreting economic data quality/information; identifying data abnormalities/unusual characteristics; communicating in writing and in person to various audiences; and overseeing or leading a team of professional economists.

    EDUCATION: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

    Not Applicable

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