District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 25, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Full Time




Where is the job located? Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C.

Positions are located in the Office of Economics and Analytics


Whom may I contact for additional information? Larry Shields,, 240-464-1475.

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Conducts comprehensive economic research and analysis involving technical and economic aspects of the telecommunications and/or media industries and regulation thereof. Given a research objective, initiates topics for economic analysis, designs a plan for research, and selects research methods to complete the analysis. Develops narrative, statistical, and/or graphical reports of research and analysis, including pertinent policy recommendations. Provides expert technical economic advice on Commission rulemaking proceedings. For example, this could include evaluation of the validity and significance of economic analyses submitted to the Commission, and independent economic analysis of the policy outcomes. Reviews and critiques draft decisions prepared by other Commission staff. Conducts economic analyses of market structure and performance, and structural industry analyses. May be called upon to assess the current state of the agency's regulatory program, identifying areas of adverse regulatory impact on the public, the industry, or the economy as a whole. The Office of Economics and Analytics is a highly collaborative and collegial environment. Most projects are performed in interdisciplinary teams of economists and other professional staff (lawyers, engineers, statisticians, and computer programmers). The incumbent has an opportunity for preparing white papers or other independent research related to communications and Commission priorities for publication.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determine if you are to be among the best qualified.


Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for the position. GS-15: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.

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. Additional experience and educational requirements: Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is the experience that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

GS-15 For this position, specialized experience involves a background in microeconomics (applied or theoretical) and/or econometrics. Applied microeconomics fields include industrial organization and others, such as labor, transportation, urban, or environmental. For candidates with applied microeconomics qualifications, specialized experience also includes the application of appropriate estimation methods to the analysis of large data sets. Specialized experience involves research and/or analysis of consumer or firm behavior under varying market structure conditions. Candidates will have undertaken research and/or analysis that require considerable planning and coordination and will have demonstrated an ability to work on a number of complex projects simultaneously. Prior experience should include the full range of responsibilities, from initiation of the investigation and design of the economic research methodology, through the interpretation of findings and preparation of a final report. As independent professionals responsible for each step of the investigative process, economists are expected to be accountable for the thoroughness of their research and the validity of their interpretations and conclusions. Specialized experience may also include a teaching position in a college or university which included both class instruction in microeconomics or the relevant related fields mentioned above and either 1) relevant independent microeconomic research, 2) direction of graduate theses in microeconomics, or 3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical applied or theoretical microeconomics problems.

The level of experience in the economic field of microeconomics is demonstrated by experience such as: candidates have at least three credited publications in peer-reviewed journals or have made significant contributions to three or more publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or have supervised research and/or thesis work of graduate economists in microeconomics and/or have played a lead role in analysis used in agency policy-making involving microeconomic analysis.


Must have completed a 4 year course of study leading to a degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

Additional information

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents.

Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.
There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
3. your resume or C.V.

Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

Technical Competence - Knowledge that is acquired through formal training or on-the-job experience to perform, understand, and evaluate technical information related to the job and to advise others on technical issues.

Reasoning - Skill in identifying rules and principles that explain facts, data, or other information; ability to analyze information and make correct inferences and/or draw accurate conclusions.

Organizational Awareness - Knowledge of organization's mission and functions and how its programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations work and operate effectively.

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Written Communications

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

Hardcopy Supplement (electronic submission or email is fine as well) Documents Required:

1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

2. ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status. You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

3. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

4. University Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

5. Three letters of recommendation and a writing sample/job market paper.

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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