ECONOMIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Bethesda, Maryland
Posted
Oct 23, 2021
Closes
Oct 25, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Join the team! This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Office of the Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification & Reduction, Directorate for Economic Analysis. The Directorate for Economic Analysis provides advisory services on economic affairs to the Commission and participates in evaluations of the effectiveness of CPSC program plans, actions and associated activities.

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Responsibilities

As an economist in the Directorate for Economic Analysis, the incumbent will be involved in the economic analysis of CPSC actions, including the regulatory and regulatory flexibility analyses that are required before the CPSC can promulgate new rules or regulations. In carrying out these duties the incumbent will be responsible for:
  • Undertaking economic surveys of consumers and businesses, studies of injury costs, and evaluate the economic, societal, and environmental impact of product safety rules and standards,
  • Collecting and describing market information
  • Performing cost-benefit and other analyses of agency actions
  • Participating in the construction of economic models predictive of market, industry and consumer behavior
  • Conducting quantitative analysis of data, including evaluation of CPSC policies and activities; and
  • Working closely with Agency epidemiologists, engineers, and other staff in a team framework, and presenting results of analyses to Agency officials and Commissioners.


  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Only occasional travel outside of the Bethesda-Rockville, Maryland area.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required.
    • Background Investigation Required.
    • Must meet education requirements.
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see Other Information for details)


    Must be a U.S. Citizen.

    This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

    If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.

    Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

    Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

    Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period.

    Qualifications

    In addition to the mandatory education requirement, all 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 candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

    Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    GS-11: Experience with economic analyses involving estimating benefits and/or costs of a regulation or project, the cost of accidents, injuries or illnesses, the value of intangibles, industrial organization, or micro-economic or applied economic analysis.

    GS-12: Experience in designing and carrying out studies to determine the economic impact of regulatory or other government actions or projects on such things as costs, prices, businesses practices, consumer behavior, and so forth and presenting the findings in memoranda, technical reports, or presentations.

    GS-13: Experience in planning and carrying out benefit-cost analysis of regulatory actions, environmental impact analysis, or methodological studies of benefit-cost analysis, benefits assessment, or developing and managing contracts for the same and presenting the findings in reports, memoranda, or presentations for a variety of audiences.

    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; religious; 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, including volunteer experience.

    Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

    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 education requirements indicated above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

    GS-11: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (as stated above) equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a combination of specialized experience and education.

    GS-12: There is no substitution for specialized experience for this grade level. Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (as stated above) equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

    GS-13: There is no substitution for specialized experience for this grade level. Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience (as stated above) equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.

    You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated unofficial transcripts are acceptable, All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

    All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

    Additional information

    CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

    Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with CPSC. To request a legally required exception from this requirement please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 90.

    Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

    A complete application includes: 1. Resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Other documents identified in this announcement.

    All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
    1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
    2. Upload your file(s); or
    3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

    Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.

    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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