Economist - DIRECT HIRE

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time

As a Economist, you will:
  • Develop and manages a program of applied research and systems analysis projects to evaluate the relationships between Federal, State, and local highway and bridge capital investments and national highway system performance.
  • Provide advice and guidance on the application of benefit-cost analysis and other economic analysis tools to the evaluation of public policy issues, including the evaluation of legislative initiatives and regulations.
  • Provide expert policy analysis that can be relied upon by top-level policy makers in the FHWA, DOT and other Federal agencies for use in national policy formulation. Coordinates and conducts research on key transportation issues, themes, policies, and latest technologies.
  • Develop and implement new theoretical approaches to the assessment of highway and bridge financing and performance management options. Provide guidance on the application of economic analysis tools to analyzing investment tradeoffs among competing performance objectives, and to setting performance targets at both the Federal and State levels.
  • Provide leadership in promoting the objectives of the FHWA economic research program. Serve as an expert on transportation advisory groups, such as the Transportation Research Board, and presents papers at technical and policy conferences.
  • Represent FHWA at meetings related to the application of economic principles to infrastructure investment decision making, and serve as FHWA's point of contact with high-level staff working on cost-benefit analysis procedures in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

The ideal candidate for this position is a seasoned professional with expert knowledge of economic principles and their application in the analysis of transportation policy issues. The ideal candidate should have strong writing skills, and the ability to formulate, guide, and conduct in-depth economic studies of legislative and policy issues. The incumbent leads the development of economic modeling tools and should be skilled in the application of such tools in developing materials for a variety of audiences.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience developing and applying economic analysis tools.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Economics (General and Transportation-Related)

2. Economic Research, including Technical Contract Management

3. Strategic Planning, Policy Analysis, & Program Evaluation

4. Ability to effectively communicate

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.

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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


In order to qualify for this series, you must meet the following:

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


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as indicated above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

*PLEASE NOTE: This is an open continuous, not to exceed one-year, vacancy. We will review applications as neede d and refer the top candidates for potential interviews during the open period of the announcement.

Multiple vacancies will be filled from this announcement

If you are hired for this position; you will not receive additional consideration from this announcement.

COVID VACCINATION: 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 only to exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

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