Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 13, 2021
Closes
Apr 20, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), National Office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in Division of Research and Economic Analysis, Office of Enforcement (OE), located in Washington, DC.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Responsibilities

The Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) seeks to fill several economist positions located in Office of Enforcement. EBSA is committed to protecting retirement, health, and other employee benefits, thereby advancing the retirement security and health of our nation's workers and retirees. EBSA, through its enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and other related health benefits laws, protects the security of retirement and health plan benefits and assets for all workers who are covered by employer-sponsored pension and welfare benefit plans.

Major duties for this position at the full performance level include, but are not limited to, the following:

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provides statistical and economic analysis related to EBSA's enforcement program, particularly with regards to data analysis, enforcement targeting, compliance, participant assistance and performance measure projects.
  • Applies current economic theory and analysis to social protection programs, broadly defined (i.e., private employment-based health and pension benefits, and public social insurance programs);
  • Maintains economic research liaison with employee benefits policy/research community;
  • Manages portfolio of frequently utilized, readily accessible public and proprietary, primary and secondary databases focused on private employment-based health and retirement benefits and public social insurance programs;
  • Communicates highly technical quantitative concepts and procedures focused on social protection programs and policies, broadly defined (i.e., as above) through written materials and in face-to-face briefings for senior policy officials and non-technical audiences.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and an U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Candidate required to obtain/maintain-Non-Sensitive Low Risk invesitgation.


Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements: (You must submit a copy of your transcript(s) to verify that the Basic Requirements listed above are met). Reference the "Required Document" Section.

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 meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the specialized experience outlined below.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

For the GS-12 level - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as using economic theory, statistical and econometric methods to analyze policy issues (e.g., economic research studies and use of statistical software packages like SAS, Stata or R to conduct analysis) and experience using primary and secondary databases. Examples of such databases include Form 5500, Form M-1, CPS, SIPP, MEPS, SCF, HRS, PSID, Morningstar, industry databases, or other large data sets used for policy analysis.

For the GS-13 level - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is defined as using economic theory, statistical and econometric methods to analyze policy, legislative and regulatory issues relating to various aspects important to private employee benefits (e.g., economic research studies and use of current statistical software packages like SAS, Stata, or R to conduct analysis) and experience using primary and secondary databases relevant to private employment-based health and retirement benefits (e.g., Form 5500, Form M-1, CPS, SIPP, MEPS, SCF, HRS, PSID, Morningstar, or various industry databases relevant to private employee benefits).

Some topics relevant to private or public health and retirement benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Health and retirement plans;
  • Savings, investments, and financial markets;
  • Health insurance claims and processing;
  • Health and life insurance, healthcare and prescription drug markets;
  • Social insurance programs, Social Security, Medicare, and/or Medicaid;
  • Public, applied micro, industrial, financial, or regulatory economics;
  • Statistical sampling and program evaluations


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.

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.

Additional selections may be made if authorized.

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Please review evaluations details here .

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SERVES AS PUBLIC NOTICE FOR THE USE OF OPM'S DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY. ALL APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE SELECTING OFFICIAL FOR CONSIDERATION. CATEGORY RATING, VETERAN'S PREFERENCE, AND TRADITIONAL RATING AND RANKING OF APPLICANTS DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSITION.

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

Oral/Written Communications - 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. Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct, and organized manner.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others, e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Economics Technical - Knowledge of labor, health and financial markets especially as it applies to employee benefits; Knowledge of current economic theories, methods, evidence, and economic studies.

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 Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

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. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 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.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP 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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