Economist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 15, 2020
Closes
Oct 23, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.

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Responsibilities

The position is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Prices and Living Conditions (OPLC). BLS is the principal fact-finding agency of the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. BLS collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U. S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business and labor. Office of Prices and Living Conditions (OPLC) is organized into six divisions as follows: Division of Consumer Prices and Price Indexes, Division of Industrial Prices and Price Indexes, Division of International Prices, Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Division of Price and Index Number Research, and Division of Price Statistical Methods. The work of the office includes four major economic and statistical program areas: (1) The Consumer Prices Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services; (2) the Producer Price Index (PPI) program measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output. (3) the International Price Program produces Import Price Indexes (MPI) and Export Prices Indexes (XPI) containing data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world; and (4) the Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE) program consists of two surveys-the quarterly Interview survey and the Diary survey-that provide information on the buying habits of consumers residing in the United States, including data on their expenditures, income, and household characteristics.

The Economist will serve in one of the following offices:

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the PPI Branch of Industrial Prices; Services Section.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the PPI Branch of Program Development and Process Measurement; Section of Program Development.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the CPI Branch of Consumer Prices.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the CPI Branch of Index Methods, Analysis & Evaluation; Production and Control Section.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Branch of Research and Program Development.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the IPP Branch of International Prices; Food, Raw Materials and Apparels Section

The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the IPP Branch of Index Methods, Analysis & Evaluation; Information and Analysis Section.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - This position is at Full Performance Level.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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

OR

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

In Addition to Basic Requirements:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience must be in or related to the field of economics and 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 experience in the application of economic theory, principles, and research methods. This application must have been used to assemble, analyze, and interpret data (and economic problems) in order to devise solutions. Examples of qualifying experience include 1) completion of comprehensive economic reports or analytical studies; 2) research that produced or led to measurable results; 3) management or coordination of assignments involving a staff of professional economists; and 4) conducting on-the-job training or mentoring in the field of economics.

Your resume must include evidence or detailed description of your specialized experience.

Education

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.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. 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 at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Decision Making/Problem Solving - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change. Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information.

Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Technology & Application Management - Uses machines, tools, instruments, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.

Writing - Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Self-Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Economic Data Management & Analysis - Knowledge of the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systematic and objective inquiries, such as study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and the reporting of results.

Product Oversight &Improvement - Knowledge, understanding and adherence to written technical material including agency rules, policies, instructions, procedures, and reports, as well as laws, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, and executive orders.

Program Product Knowledge - Knowledge of statistical and/or mathematical support processes. Support processes may include statistical sampling and data collections processes, familiarity with the characteristics of universe sources, weighting and weight adjustment, benchmarking, regression modeling, an in-depth knowledge of probability theory as a basis of statistical surveys; and a knowledge of index methodology.

To preview questions please click here .

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

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

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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