Economist (Research)


  • Perform economic analysis and/or research relative to the program(s) of the organization to which assigned.
  • Plan and carry out activities related to collecting, editing, reviewing, and analyzing data from household surveys which requires understanding of the broad goals, principles, and polices governing survey methods, analysis, tabulation, and reporting.
  • Plan and carry out complex studies and analyses including determination of: data needed to complete assignments; sources, reliability, and availability of such data.
  • Identify research topics and questions and plans and conducts analyses.
  • Communicate complex technical issues to a variety of audiences orally.
  • Communicate complex technical issues to a variety of audiences in writing.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by closing date.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • This is a BARGAINING unit position.
  • This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is 12/18/2023. After this date, the cut off dates are as follows: 1/18/2024, 2/20/3024, 3/18/2024, 4/18/2024, 5/20/2024.


Minimum Education Requirement:

A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education
Specialized Experience: For the GS-12, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes:
Experience conducting independent economic research in applied microeconomics, in fields such as health, income, poverty, labor economics, and econometrics or macroeconomics; Using statistical packages to analyze household survey microdata or administrative record data; Applying econometric techniques in the analysis and interpretation of economic research questions; Providing written analysis to communicate economic findings; Presenting research findings to professional organizations or academic audiences.
Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service.
Experience for this position includes: Conducting independent, original economic research in the fields such as health, income, poverty, labor economics, econometrics or in macroeconomics, leading to publications in peer-reviewed academic journals; Formulating research questions, surveying the relevant literature, assembling and documenting the required data, conducting analyses, writing research papers and presenting the results; Performing economic analysis and/or research relative to an assigned organization; and Serving as a technical expert to identify shortcomings in existing surveys to conduct research aimed at improving survey activities; and leading or guiding others in conducting empirical economic research.
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.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply; therefore, your responses to the questionnaire will not be used to determine a scored rating. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, preference eligibles are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.).
Applicants applying as CTAP or ICTAP candidates, and are determined CTAP or ICTAP eligible, must exceed the minimum qualification requirements to be referred under this selection priority placement program by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. For those deemed eligible and who meet the minimum qualifications, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles who are not determined well-qualified by scoring at least 85 will not be referred under the CTAP/ICTAP selection priority placement program; however, will be referred for selection consideration with other minimally qualified applicants. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies, please do not provide a separate written response.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Economic Research
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

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  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Photos of yourself (if included on your resume you will not be considered for this position)
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