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    Job Title: Economist

    Department: Department Of Labor

    Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration

    Sub Agency: U.S. Department of Labor

    Job Announcement Number: DE-11-HRC-EBSA-225


    SALARY RANGE:

    $62,467.00 – $115,742.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Friday, July 15, 2011 to Monday, August 15, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-0110-11/13

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time Permanent

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    13

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    6 vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    This position is also being advertised as job #MS-11-HRC-EBSA-225 for status applicants; apply to BOTH status & non-status jobs to be considered for each.

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

    The position will be located either in the Division of Research and Economic Analysis or the Division of Regulatory Policy Analysis in the Office of Policy and Research (OPR) of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). As a technical expert in the economics of private employment-based health and pension benefits, the individual hired for this position will assist the Division Chief in the application of current economic theory and methods to analyze policy, legislative and regulatory issues relating to private employee benefits and public social insurance programs.

    This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.

    GS 13 is the full performance level.

    PCS expenses may or may not be covered.

    Applicants must submit all applicable supporting documents found in
    the “Required Documents” section of this announcement by the closing
    date of the announcement.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must be at least 16 years of age.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
    • Requires applicable supplemental documents or you will be found ineligible.


    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    6 vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area

    1. Economic Research: 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). Places private employee benefits in context of
    broad economic forces and labor, health and financial markets,
    informs non-economist colleagues about current economic theories and
    methods, and interprets economic evidence on these benefits and
    programs. Contributes to implementation and management of economic
    research program, and application of current economic research to
    employee benefits policy issues.

    2. Statistical Techniques and Database Management: Conducts applied quantitative analysis of current policy, legislative and regulatory issues relating to social protection programs. Conducts descriptive, statistical, and econometric analysis. 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, e.g. using data from the Form 5500, the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component (MEPS-IC), the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC), the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), and/or the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and various industry databases focused on private employee benefits.

    3. Regulatory Analysis: Conducts economic impact analyses of major regulatory actions taken by EBSA. Develops conceptual framework of economic (i.e., cost/benefit) analysis relevant to specific regulatory actions, develops methods and data sources, conducts or manages economic impact and paperwork burden analyses, evaluates alternative approaches to regulatory action, and communicates in briefings and written documents the findings of the analysis.

    4. Research Liaison and Communication: Maintains economic research
    liaison with employee benefits policy/research community.
    Communicates highly technical quantitative concepts and procedures
    focused on social protection programs and policies, broadly defined
    (i.e., as above). Communicates with written materials and in
    face-to-face briefings for senior policy officials and non-technical
    audiences.


    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-09 for the GS-11, GS-11 for the GS-12 and GS-12 for the GS-13, in the Federal Service.

    INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    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.

    In addition to the above requirements, applicants for the GS-11 level must have 3 years of higher-level graduate experience leading to a Ph.D. degree of equivalent doctoral degree or 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level. Applicants for the GS-12 level must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Applicants for the GS-13 level must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant
    with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform
    successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that
    is typically in or related to the work of the position.

    For the GS-11 position, specialized experience is experience (within
    the last 5 years) in the use of current economic theory and current
    statistical and econometric methods and use of current statistical
    software packages like SAS, Stata, Gauss, and Eviews to conduct analysis.

    For the GS-12 position, specialized experience is experience (within
    the last 5 years) in the use of current economic theory and current
    statistical and econometric methods to analyze current policy issues
    (e.g. current economic research studies and use of current statistical software packages like SAS, Stata and Eviews to conduct analysis) and recent experience in the use of primary and secondary databases (e.g. Form 5500, CPS, SIPP, MEPS, SCF, HRS, PSID and industry databases).

    For the GS-13 position, specialized experience is experience (within
    the last 5 years) in the use of current economic theory and current
    statistical and econometric methods to analyze current policy,
    legislative and regulatory issues relating to private employee
    benefits and public social insurance programs (e.g. economic research
    studies and use of current statistical software packages like SAS or
    Stata to conduct analysis) and recent experience in the use of primary and secondary databases focused on private employment-based health and retirement benefits and public social insurance programs (e.g. Form 5500, CPS, SIPP, MEPS, SCF, HRS and various industry databases focused on private employee benefits).
    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign EducationTranscripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of 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 courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. 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.
    Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.

    Categories
    Category A is Best Qualified.
    Category B is Well Qualified.
    Category C is Minimally Qualified.
    Category A – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
    Category B – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
    Category C – Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    1. Knowledge of economics.
    2. Knowledge/experience of research methodology.
    3. Knowledge of economic issues relating to the employee benefit plan industry.
    4. Knowledge of cost benefit analysis as relating to the requirements of Executive Order 12866 and the Paperwork Reduction Act.
    5. Crtitical 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.
    6. Individual and Interpersonal Effectiveness: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior. Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communication takes place.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [B] or higher will be considered “well-qualified” for priority selection purposes.

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
    To preview questions please click here.


    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

    For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the “Questions about this job” section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information!

    STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
    It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

    STEP 2 – Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
    Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on http://www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

    STEP 3 – Submit Supplemental Documents
    Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document.

    STEP 4 – Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

    STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the “How to Apply” section or go to http://www.jobs.dol.gov and click on “How To Submit Supplemental Documentation”. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

    Veterans Documents (if applicable): In order 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. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, 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. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference. Additional information on veterans’ preference is available in the Vet’s Guide at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

    Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.

    Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

    Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Jackie Brooks
    Phone: 202-693-7711
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 202-693-7758
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    U.S. Department of Labor
    200 Constitution Ave., NW
    C-5516
    Washington, DC 20210
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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