Economist (Direct Hiring Authority)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 22, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Economist position is in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Regulation Policy and Management (00REG), Office of the Secretary, located in Washington, DC. The incumbent is responsible for performing a broad range of major assignments involving project formulation; planning and carrying out complex economic research; analyzing findings; and preparation of reports presenting results.
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Responsibilities

  • Develop regulatory impact analyses (RIA) in accordance with EO12866.
  • Develop RIA accounting statement in accordance with Regulatory Right to Know Act.
  • Perform project formulation data and analyses by planning and carrying out complex economic research and analyzing findings.
  • Serve as point of contact with Office of Management and Budget's desk officer concerning all RIA and liaise on request.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on statistical analyses of the VA's regulations.
  • Formulate the development of cost-benefit models to simulate the financial and policy impact of changes in VA's regulations.
  • Coordinate and present statistical information and technical analyses related to VA regulations to executive leadership.
  • Conduct economic research and analysis and develop methodologies and approaches for research.
  • Review the costing, economic impact and long range regulatory planning based on proposed legislation.
  • Monitor departmental compliance with major federal laws.
  • Conduct technical review of analyses from other federal agencies and provide guidance to the Director.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) which has an education and experience Basic Requirement AND Specialize experience.

Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR): to qualify for the IOR applicants must meet the requirements below:

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 (1) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND
EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE: examples of experience includes:
  • 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.

  • AND
    SPECIALIZE EXPIENCE:

    Specialize Experience is one year of experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level of the Federal service local, state, and government or working in a small businesses entities performing duties: 1) developing regulatory impact analyses and accounting statements; 2) Performing project formulation and conduct complex economic research and analyze the findings; 3) Developing methodologies and approaches to economic research;
    4)monitoring departmental compliance with major laws, rules and regulations

    Note : 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; religions; 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.

    Education

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if to qualify for the Individual Occupational Requirement.

    Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, school, or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must include a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript(s) in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Alternate work schedules are available.

    Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items such as papers and books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    Notice to Applicants: Itis the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regard an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • ICTAP/CTAP
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    Resume
    • Your résumé may be submitted in any format, however we strongly recommend using USA Jobs résumé builder as it contains all of the information required on federal résumés.
    • For qualifications determinations your résumé must contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your résumé does not contain this information you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your résumé, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your résumé is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your résumé includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    Transcripts
    • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
    • Unofficial transcript(s) may be submitted, however it must contain the course names, levels, credits earned, and grades received.
    • Your transcript must contain the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience.
    • If you are claiming superior academic achievement (SAA) ensure you submit completed transcript(s) to demonstrate it. The requirements for superior academic achievement can be viewed here .
    • A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in place of a transcript.
    • An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
    Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must also submit:
    • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application. Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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