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Grade: 02
* 1.Have you completed a course of study leading to a degree that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level or the next lower pay band (band II)? (See the "Qualifications" section of the announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Will you have one year of time-in-grade at the grade 07 level as of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have knowledge of macroeconomic principles, including national economic accounting?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.Please choose from the following statement that best describes your experience with collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of sources.
  1. I have collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources as part of my coursework.
  2. I have led efforts in collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of official sources with no guidance or oversight.
  3. I have collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources as part of a team.
  4. I have collected and compiled economic data from a variety of official sources, with limited experience manipulating economic data.
  5. I have routinely collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources.
  6. I have no experience collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of official sources.


* 7.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.From the following list of economic statistical methods, select those that you have used to develop estimates. (check all that apply).
  1. Seasonal adjustment
  2. Extrapolation
  3. Imputation
  4. Interpolation
  5. Statistical Modeling
  6. None of the above


* 9.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Do you have experience working in an organization that requires deadlines to be met without exception?
  1. I am accustomed to working in positions under strict deadlines and time constraints.
  2. I am accustomed to working under conditions with somewhat flexible deadlines.
  3. I am not accustomed to working under conditions of rigid deadlines.


* 11.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Please select the statement below that best describes your level of experience conducting research on economic information:
  1. As a student in an academic setting I have conducted research on economic information.
  2. I have no experience conducting research on economic information.
  3. I have independently conducted research on economic information.
  4. As part of my regular job duties I have conducted research on economic information with supervision or guidance.
  5. I have experience conducting research on economic information as part of a team or work group.


* 13.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 14.Please select any of the following tasks you have completed as part of economic data analyses required by your regular job duties.
  1. Analyzing written reports
  2. Analyzing data tables
  3. Writing accurate reports
  4. Reviewing reports for abnormalities
  5. Reviewing data tables for accuracy
  6. Reviewing charts for accuracy
  7. Collecting data
  8. Manipulating data
  9. Researching economic topics
  10. Drafting documents
  11. Reviewing written documents
  12. Editing written documents
  13. Publishing written documents
  14. None of the above


* 15.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 16.Do you have experience communicating in person to explain economic data, methods, or topics?
  1. I have actual working experience conducting briefings in which I explained economic methods.
  2. I have actual working experience presenting economic topics in a group forum.
  3. I have actual working experience explaining economic data to a group of economist.
  4. I had experience in these areas during my education or training.
  5. I have no experience in these areas.


* 17.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 18.Rate your experience in using one or more of SAS, FAME, AREMOS or any other software specialized in manipulating cross-sectional and/or time-series socioeconomic data:
  1. No experience.
  2. Novice -- I have some knowledge but no job experience developing applications using this technology.
  3. Intermediate -- I have some job experience developing applications using this technology.
  4. Advanced -- I have extensive experience designing, developing, deploying and supporting applications using this technology.


* 19.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 20.I have experience completing the following tasks to process time-series data:
  1. I have developed computer programs to process time-series data.
  2. I have debugged computer programs to process time-series data.
  3. I have upgraded computer programs to process time-series data.
  4. None of the above.


* 21.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: 03
* 1.Have you completed a course of study leading to a degree that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the Pay Band II (GS-09 level), a Ph.D. or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a combination of both education and experience? (See the "Qualifications" section of the announcement for the definition of specialized experience).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Will you have one year of time-in-grade at the grade 09 level as of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have knowledge of macroeconomic principles, including national economic accounting?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.Please choose from the following statement that best describes your experience with collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of sources.
  1. I have collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources as part of my coursework.
  2. I have led efforts in collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of official sources with no guidance or oversight.
  3. I have collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources as part of a team.
  4. I have collected and compiled economic data from a variety of official sources, with limited experience manipulating economic data.
  5. I have routinely collected, compiled and manipulated economic data from a variety of official sources.
  6. I have no experience collecting, compiling and manipulating economic data from a variety of official sources.


* 7.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.From the following list of economic statistical methods, select those that you have used to develop estimates. (check all that apply).
  1. Seasonal adjustment
  2. Extrapolation
  3. Imputation
  4. Interpolation
  5. Statistical Modeling
  6. None of the above


* 9.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.Do you have experience working in an organization that requires deadlines to be met without exception?
  1. I am accustomed to working in positions under strict deadlines and time constraints.
  2. I am accustomed to working under conditions with somewhat flexible deadlines.
  3. I am not accustomed to working under conditions of rigid deadlines.


* 11.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Please select the statement below that best describes your level of experience conducting research on economic information:
  1. As a student in an academic setting I have conducted research on economic information.
  2. I have no experience conducting research on economic information.
  3. I have independently conducted research on economic information.
  4. As part of my regular job duties I have conducted research on economic information with supervision or guidance.
  5. I have experience conducting research on economic information as part of a team or work group.


* 13.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 14.Please select any of the following tasks you have completed as part of economic data analyses required by your regular job duties.
  1. Analyzing written reports
  2. Analyzing data tables
  3. Writing accurate reports
  4. Reviewing reports for abnormalities
  5. Reviewing data tables for accuracy
  6. Reviewing charts for accuracy
  7. Collecting data
  8. Manipulating data
  9. Researching economic topics
  10. Drafting documents
  11. Reviewing written documents
  12. Editing written documents
  13. Publishing written documents
  14. None of the above


* 15.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 16.Do you have experience communicating in person to explain economic data, methods, or topics?
  1. I have actual working experience conducting briefings in which I explained economic methods.
  2. I have actual working experience presenting economic topics in a group forum.
  3. I have actual working experience explaining economic data to a group of economist.
  4. I had experience in these areas during my education or training.
  5. I have no experience in these areas.


* 17.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 18.Rate your experience in using one or more of SAS, FAME, AREMOS or any other software specialized in manipulating cross-sectional and/or time-series socioeconomic data:
  1. No experience.
  2. Novice -- I have some knowledge but no job experience developing applications using this technology.
  3. Intermediate -- I have some job experience developing applications using this technology.
  4. Advanced -- I have extensive experience designing, developing, deploying and supporting applications using this technology.


* 19.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 20.I have experience completing the following tasks to process time-series data:
  1. I have developed computer programs to process time-series data.
  2. I have debugged computer programs to process time-series data.
  3. I have upgraded computer programs to process time-series data.
  4. None of the above.


* 21.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 22.Rate your experience in developing applications using Microsoft SQL Server:
  1. No experience
  2. Novice -- I have some knowledge but no job experience developing applications using this technology.
  3. Intermediate -- I have some job experience developing applications using this technology.
  4. Advanced -- I have extensive experience designing, developing, deploying and supporting applications using this technology.


* 23.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: All Grades
You MUST submit a complete resume in order to be considered for this position. Please review the required documents section of the vacancy announcement for further information.

* 1.BEA AOC6: Please select the best choice that applies to you. You will receive consideration for the eligibility you select below only. If it is determined the choice you select does not apply to you, you will not be considered under this vacancy announcement.
  1. Current permanent competitive service Bureau of Economic Analysis employee.
  2. Status applicants (i.e. current and former government employees in the competitive service).
  3. Surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP). Note: If you select that you wish to be considered as a surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP), you MUST have received your written notice "Certificate of Expected Separation" or your formal "Reduction In Force Separation Notice." Please review the Other Information section for more information on CTAP.
  4. Displaced Federal employee (ICTAP). Note: If you select that you wish to be considered as a displaced Federal employee (ICTAP), you MUST have received your written notice "Certificate of Expected Separation" or your formal "Reduction In Force Separation Notice." Please review the Other Information section for more information on ICTAP.
  5. Individual eligible for competitive appointment under Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.
  6. Individual eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a special appointing authority. Some examples of Special Appointing Authorities are Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) (Note: VRA can only be used for Grades 11 and below), 30% or more disabled veterans, Persons with disabilities, Interchange agreements, Peace Corp volunteers, United States Postal Service employees, or Former overseas employees.

        BRANCHED: * 1.If so, please identify the special appointing authority.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  7. None of the above.


* 2.Do you have at least a bachelor's degree in economics from an accredited college or university OR a combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a bachelor's degree? Studies must have included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.In the last 3 years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: On-the-Spot Award, Time Off Award or equivalent? Special Achievement Award, Special Act Award, Cash-in-a-Flash, performance award, or equivalent valued at $999 or less?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Have you had one or more of the following Awards: Special Achievement Award, Special Act Award, performance award or equivalent valued at $1000 or greater (within the last 3 years)? BEA Award of Excellence or equivalent (within the last 3 years)? Department of Commerce Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal or equivalent honorary award (Lifetime)?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Indicate your most recent performance rating (received within the last four years).
  1. My most recent performance rating is at least at the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  2. My most recent performance rating is below the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  3. I have not received a performance rating within the last four years.