Economist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 27, 2021
Closes
Dec 01, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

You will:
  • Provide technical, data, economic and policy analysis to OECA and other EPA offices such as regional EPA offices, as well as external stakeholders, in the implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines that directly affect EPA's enforcement and compliance assurance programs.
  • Responsible for developing analytic methods and tools to evaluate strategies for achieving cost-effective environmental compliance, including approaches that promote compliance or deter non-compliance by addressing economic externalities or using economic incentives.
  • Develop systems for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental and economic data sets.
  • Develop and maintain sound relationships with professional peers in relevant disciplines to obtain comments, suggestions, and critical reviews of evaluation of compliance programs.
  • Responsible for written and verbal communication of findings to senior level management in the Agency through memos, briefings, and other official documents and meetings.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations).

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace .

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

Qualifications

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as assessing health and environmental problems by applying quantitative analytical skills; conducting economic studies; and preparing written analyses in support of environmental enforcement or compliance.

Your application package will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Ability to facilitate the design of new compliance programs to augment existing enforcement and compliance assurance programs
  • Ability to develop analytical tools
  • Ability to asses compliance rates
  • Ability to investigate and develop cost effective tools that could improve environmental compliance rates
  • Knowledge in providing oversight and review of compliance analyses
  • Skill to initiate, lead, participate and contribute expertise in Agency work groups and establish contacts
  • Ability to review written work products
  • Skill in verbal communication

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Education

You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

A bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in
  • 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 A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

    Additional information

    This position is in the bargaining unit.

    Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA .

    EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

    Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

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