Bureau of Labor Statistics Economist (Economics) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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This position is located within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, *Office of Field Operations, Region Office, Division of Compensation Programs *in Philadelphia, PA.

The mission of the Office of Field Operations is to provide collection expertise and feedback to the development of Bureau survey programs, to effectively and efficiently execute survey activities both directly and through grantees, and to conduct an active program of information and outreach for Bureau products. The Compensation Division is collecting data for the National Compensation Survey and Occupational Requirements Survey programs.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Relocation costs will not be paid.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

The employee carries out complex data collection assignments requiring the development and modification of collection techniques and procedures. Represents the Bureau as a technical expert with prominent enterprises that by nature of their size or significance are essential to the reliability of national, regional, or local survey results. Works with enterprises having complex structures and/or highly confidential records, and usually requiring central office clearance or corporate officers' approval for participation.

Researches and develops a profile of the enterprise's organizational structure and its key officials; analyzes and assesses reporting relationships; determines the best point of contact; and explains the conceptual foundations and technical requirements; and evaluates the data reported for consistency within the enterprise, area, and industry and for conformance to the standards of each survey.

Develops the data collection strategy for enterprises that have a history of non-response or a reluctance to participate. Creates an enterprise profile by researching and analyzing prior Bureau contacts with the entity; evaluates reasons for prior refusals and identifies issues that threaten future cooperation. Determines the best point of contact and the collection approach designed to overcome objections. Defines the survey requirements to a sophisticated and sometimes hostile audience and overcomes objections to participating in order to achieve current and continuing cooperation.

Develops the collection strategy for enterprises sampled for multiple surveys that are scheduled concurrently. Evaluates the conflicting needs of the surveys’ deadlines and instructions with the enterprise’s participation history in order to determine the most efficient and least burdensome method of participation. Negotiates the overall participation and coordinates collection through dealings with multiple senior officials involving multiple functional areas.

Establishes the most cost effective collection method for both the enterprise and BLS. Evaluates record-keeping systems, hardware, and software capabilities and tailors a reporting procedure that achieves compatibility with BLS systems and minimizes burden. Participates in a variety of staff development and data assessment activities. Conducts test projects, pilot surveys, and other experimental programs to evaluate the feasibility of new or revised concepts in survey design and specifications, collection methodologies and procedures.

Prepares substantive reports on test results and recommends appropriate modifications and alternative approaches. Makes follow-up contacts to respondents providing data for complex reporting units. Ensures accurate and timely survey results by evaluating responses for external and internal consistency and comparability with previously provided information. Prepares technical reports that critically evaluate collection in terms of both conceptual and operational issues. Recommends changes to survey design and methodology geared toward improvements in the survey plan.

*Duties at the GS-07 are development leading up to the full performance level of the GS-12.

Travel Required

50% or less - For training and data collection purposes.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Subject to frequent travel. Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.



Degree: 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 shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


GS-07: In addition to the individual occupational requirement, Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 05, in the Federal Service. Examples of qualifying experience include: individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or adviser on technical economics problems.


In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants may meet qualifications requirement by using the following educational substitutions:

At the GS-07: 1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade point average, or (3) honor society membership.

Combining Education and Experience

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, an equivalent combination of successfully completed related undergraduate (GS-07) level education and specialized experience as described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement, can be used to meet the total experience requirements for this position. For more information please click here (Application of Qualification Standard/Option 5).

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INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

*Oral & Written Communication: *Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. *Planning & Evaluation: *Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities. Organizes work, determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. *Customer Service: *Works with clients and customers to secure information, assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations. *Interpersonal Skills: *Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. *Technology Application & Management: *Uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. *Economic Data Management & Analysis: *Knowledge of the principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systematic and objective inquiries, such as study design, collection, analysis, and Interpretation of data, and the reporting of results.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency 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 (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

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Drug test required


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Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. * Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.* Also, do not upload password protected documents.

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): 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. To claim 10-point preference, 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. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP 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.

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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To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section.

Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

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STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL) On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

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STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.

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Sasha Prawl



215 861-5096






Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics The Curtis Center 170 S. Independence Mall West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 United States

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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518506400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/04/2018 to 12/11/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Salary: $44,670 to $58,070 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time