Senior Economist

Washington D.C.
Nov 29, 2018
Nov 29, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
  • Must be able to meet/maintain suitability & security requirements.
  • Completion of a probationary period is required.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • You must possess the education and specialized experience as described to be determined basically qualified for this position.

    All requirements must be met before the closing date of the announcement.

    In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-12 in the federal service, or comparable private or public sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience applying statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data and developing new economic models or theories under the supervision of a senior researcher, such as a faculty member or manager.

    You must also meet the following Selective Placement Factor (SPF):

    Experience authoring economics research papers that provide evidence of knowledge of current advanced economic theories and research techniques in applied economics, including development, trade, international finance, industrial organization and related fields.

    A writing sample, such as a research paper, that provides evidence of knowledge of current advanced economic theories and research techniques in applied economics must be submitted as part of your application package.

    You must meet all qualifications requirements before the closing date of this announcement.

    Economist Series, 0110 Qualification Standard

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


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


    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. 

    Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement. (if applicable)
    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS.

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    Selectees will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the qualification requirements stated, you will be further rated based on your responses to the assessment questions and placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume and follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to an assessment question is "see resume”, your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    • Knowledge of advanced economics including theories and empirical techniques relevant to conducting research studies in applied economics, development, trade, international finance, industrial organization and related fields.

    • Ability to independently develop and perform analyses of complex economic issues.

    • Knowledge of econometric techniques for the analysis of large data files and sensitivity analysis techniques when using econometric models.

    • Ability to develop findings and author reports that adequately inform on the merits and limitations of an economic analysis.

    • Skill at oral and written communications while working in a collaborative environment.

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    Drug test required No

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