Research Economist

Washington D.C.
Feb 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasion travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional like positions.
  • Positions are in the bargaining unit.
  • Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

    Basic Qualifications:

    (A) A degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.


    (B) A combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in (A) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) 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.

    Specialized Experience:

    In addition to the Basic Qualifications, your resume must include evidence or detailed description of your specialized experience.

    GS-12 LEVEL - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. This one year of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of economics and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as evidence of highly creative research that (1) Led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique; (2) Provided a body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the field of economics or statistics; or (3) Led to general advances in economics or statistics by providing a method of solving other problems, opening areas of research, or providing the means of exploiting the application of economic or mathematical theory.

    GS-13 LEVEL - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Evidence of specialized experience includes the definition stated for the GS-12 level and also may include the submission of an article for publication to a peer-reviewed journal and the participation in teams that provided guidance to managers or policy makers on the quality and improvement of data collection.

    GS-14 LEVEL - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Evidence of specialized experience includes the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal and performing duties which demonstrate skill and facility in the organization, direction, and coordination of difficult research programs of major economic significance; plus at least one of the following: technical competence in economics research resulting in important contributions to fundamental knowledge in the field, or the conduct of consultative or advisory work regarding the economic aspects of important executive or legislative programs or services.

    You must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. Specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

    If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. 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.

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

    Under the authority of direct hire recruitment, evaluation factors are a tool to gauge one's proficiency in relevant competencies, but will not be used to determine who will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. All candidates who have provided a complete application, and meet the minimum qualifications will be referred for consideration. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain a rating score of at least 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies)

    1. Decision Making/Problem Solving
    2. Oral Communication
    3. Writing
    4. Economic Research: Methods and Theory

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

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    Drug test required No

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