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    Job Title: Senior Economist GS-0110-14

    Department: Department of the Treasury

    Agency: Internal Revenue Service

    Sub Agency: Internal Revenue Service

    Job Announcement Number: 11AN1-LBX0016-0110-14


    $114,468.00 – $148,806.00 /year


    Thursday, May 26, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011




    Full-Time, Permanent




    10 vacancies – San Francisco, CA




    At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.

    Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world’s most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

    • The following cut-off dates have been identified for the order of consideration: 6/6/11, 6/20/11, 7/4/11, 7/18/11, 8/1/11, 8/15/11, 8/29/11, 9/12/11, & 9/26/11. The initial cut-off date of 6/6/11 will begin applicant consideration. Applications received after the initial cut-off date will be considered in date order as listed and as needed.
    • There are a total of 10 vacancies to be filled in either of the following two announcements/locations:
      Vacancy Announcement #: 11AN1-LBX0015-0110-14 (Washington, DC)
      Vacancy Announcement #: 11AN1-LBX0016-0110-14 (San Francisco, CA)
      The incumbent serves as a Senior Economist in the Competent Authority Program, Large Business & International Division. The nature of the assignments at the Senior Economist level is such that the incumbent is required to use advanced economic and subject-matter knowledge in carrying out these assignments and to exercise sound judgment in making decisions which may be far-reaching. The Senior Economist may lead a team of economists, serve as a consultant to management, or work independently. The incumbent will perform research and analysis of tax issues involving economics, transfer pricing, and valuation related to specific taxpayers or across taxpayers and industries. The incumbent will assist in the development of the U.S. position related to double taxation cases and/or advanced pricing agreements. WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL DIVISION?
      The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses with a U.S. tax requirement.
      As our name suggests, international tax administration is an important part of what we do in LB&I. As part of the LB&I team, you may be assigned to work in International, or with one of six industry segments: Communications Technology and Media, Financial Services, Global High Wealth, Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation, Natural Resources and Construction, or Retailers, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare.
      Regardless of where you serve, you will be supported by a variety of specialists (economists, engineers, field specialists, and technical advisors) as you tackle the most complex foreign and domestic tax issues.
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    Additional Duty Location Info:

    10 vacancies – San Francisco, CA

    As a Senior Economist you will:

    • Assumes responsibility for the initiation, planning, implementation, controlling, modifying and executing of all or part of a research project or assignment, including such tasks as specification of the methodology to be used, and preparation of appropriate procedures, specifications and materials needed for assuring the adequacy of the study’s design. Assumes full technical responsibility for interpretation and application of findings.
    • Reviews economic, statistical and subject matter literature for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research and to evaluate the reasonableness of the LB&I position. Performs an in-depth review and analysis for reasonableness and accuracy of all material produced for a given study. Research generally involves the use of multiple sources and/or databases.
    • Performs research and analysis of tax issues involving economics, transfer pricing, and valuation related to specific taxpayers or across taxpayers and industries.
    • Resolves very complex problems requiring incumbent’s personal in-depth knowledge, originality, and creativity.
    • Performs research, and conducts studies on strategic initiatives, such as globalization issues, asset intensity issues, regulation projects, tax shelters, and electronic commerce, as needed. May assist LB&I senior management in determining objectives, scope, and timelines for future initiatives or projects.
    • Assumes responsibility for the effective use of resources within assigned subject matter projects. Monitors such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes.
    • Prepares and presents written materials and oral presentations appropriate in style and content for the intended audience.
    • May provide guidance and feedback to economists or other professionals based on incumbent’s in-depth knowledge of research, program or policy requirements.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    You must meet one or more of the following basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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

    In addition to the basic requirements for this position, applicants must also possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: GS-14 LEVEL: Specialized experience is such that demonstrates independent research involving highly technical economic subjects to include transfer pricing. Comprehensive, professional knowledge of the methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects and taxation law; recognized as an authority in their field. Analyzing factual information, recognizing and evaluating significant and critical factors, solving complex problems, drawing rational economic conclusions and preparing comprehensive reports (both written and in the form of oral presentations. Carrying out special assignments which are effectively executed through (1) broad technical understanding of the problems involved; (2) providing expert advice and consultation on the issues involved; and (3) drawing upon all other necessary technical and support resources either within or outside. Statistical theory and techniques. Provisions of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to assigned subject-matter projects. Deal effectively in order to handle sensitive items, those which have stringent target dates but which require a high degree of accuracy, or those where persuasion to take a particular course of action is necessary. Effectively dealing with and cooperating with people both in and out of Government. This includes skill in providing technical guidance to and collaboration with co-workers. Participate in several major assignments concurrently and to be flexible in changing or reacting to new assignments. Demonstrated ability to take full responsibility for work from inception through execution and final interpretation of results, including exercising ingenuity in devising effective techniques. Knowledge of relevant database and statistical software packages.
    See “Required Documentation”.
    * Travel: 6 to 10 nights per month.
    * Moving expenses: not authorized.



    • Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a ‘NOT QUALIFIED’ determination for this position. The following competencies have been identified as critical for success in this position:
      – Economic analysis of complex transfer pricing issues and advanced financial and statistical analysis.
      – Theoretical and technical fundamentals of the federal tax system as demonstrated through work experience in the areas of financial analysis and/or international tax law.
      – Communicate effectively both orally and in writing for purposes of successfully closing assigned cases, completing reports and evaluations, presenting proposals, and coordinating programs with other analysts and offices.
      – Complex business or tax negotiations.
      – Organize technical instructions in order to implement new policies or procedures.
    • Highly desirable:
      – Transfer pricing experience
      – Treaty knowledge
      – Coordination with foreign governments and agencies
      – International tax
      – Analysis of financial and economic data for preparation of comparable data to determine arms length standard for related party transactions.

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    • If you are eligible and qualified, your application (resume and any other information submitted) will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts to assess your possession of the competencies listed above. You will then be assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on the results of the panel. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.). Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their information provided in resumes and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles within the same category.
    • Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position, applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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    Benefits and Other Info


    We offer a workplace that values people. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. The IRS will help you reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and family needs. Our benefits package includes:

    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards;
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; applicants with prior federal service may have varying benefits;
    • Access to comprehensive vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums;
    • A retirement program which includes a life-time annuity, a 401 (k) type plan with employer-matching contributions for eligible employees and potential Social Security benefits.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:


    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Judy Harnden at (978) 474-9460 or at [email protected]. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (; one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
    • A pre-employment federal income tax verification.
    • Federal law requires verification of identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification) and may provide information from your Form I-9 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure a work authorization. You will receive written instructions and contact information for SSA and DHS if this information can not be confirmed.

    How To Apply


    The application process has 6 STEPS.
    STEP 1: Create a “MY Account” at:
    STEP 2: Develop a resume using the “Resume Builder” or upload your resume.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to , copy and enter the announcement number 11AN1-LBX0016-0110-14 in the key word search field. Select “Yes”, if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click “Search for Jobs.” Click “Apply Online” on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click “Apply for this position now!”
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click “Apply to this Vacancy”.
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click “Finish” at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.


    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on “Application Status”.
    3. Click “more information” under the “Application Status” column of the announcement.
    4. Click “Review and Update your documents if needed”, on the “Application Detail” page.
    5. Select “Upload”, “USAJOBS”, “Fax”, or “Reuse existing document” for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click “Finish” to save this change.


    Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of the courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. An official transcript will be required if you are selected for a position. A college or university degree must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) institution and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information refer to
    Any foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. We require proof of this evaluation. Information is available at:
    If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Applicants who qualify for Ten-point preference must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, Standard Form (SF)-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans’ preference, Click Here.
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information about eligibility and required documents, click here.
    -If you are applying for consideration under the Federal Employment Program for persons with disabilities, you must submit documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement following the instructions in Step 6 of the application process.


    Nina Ferraro
    Phone: (978) 474-5709
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Internal Revenue Service
    310 Lowell Street – Stop 234
    Attn: Nina/0016
    Andover, MA 01810
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile.

    You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your “My USAJOBS” account and clicking on “My Applications”.

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