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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 at the band II (GS-7 equivalent level) in Federal Service? (See the Qualification section of this 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.Please select the following statement that best describes your level of experience analyzing statistical data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions:
  1. As a student in an academic setting I have completed projects that required me to analyze data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  2. I have no experience analyzing data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  3. As part of my regular job duties I have independently analyzed data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  4. In a work environment I have analyzed data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions with supervision or guidance.
  5. I have experience contributing to the analysis of data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions as part of work completed in a team or work group environment.


* 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 select any of the following tasks you have completed as part of economic data analyses required by your regular job duties (check all that apply).
  1. Analyzing written reports
  2. Analyzing data tables
  3. Working with data in ACCESS or SQL databases
  4. Writing accurate reports
  5. Reviewing reports for abnormalities
  6. Reviewing data tables for accuracy
  7. Reviewing charts for accuracy
  8. Collecting data
  9. Manipulating data
  10. Researching economic topics
  11. Drafting documents
  12. Reviewing written documents
  13. Editing written documents
  14. Publishing written documents
  15. None of the above


* 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.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.


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


* 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.Choose the response that most accurately reflects your level of experience with respect to problem solving.
  1. I have independently identified problems to find solutions by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  2. I have identified problems assigned to me to find solutions by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  3. I have no experience identifying problems to finding solutions by identifying questions, collecting appropriate data, and separating facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  4. I have collaborated with others to find solutions to assigned problems by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions. I often take the lead or I am a major contributor to the group effort in solving the problem.
  5. I have collaborated with others to find solutions to assigned problems by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.


* 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.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.


* 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.Which of the following statements best describes your experience writing about economic and/or statistical concepts?
  1. I have written papers explaining economic and/or statistical concepts for publication.
  2. I have prepared reports summarizing economic and/or statistical research results.
  3. I have prepared tables, charts and spreadsheets containing economic and/or statistical information.
  4. I have communicated in writing to a variety of audiences regarding economic and/or statistical concepts.
  5. None of the above.


* 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.I have performed the following functions in work unit or team assignments
  1. Review the work of other team or section members
  2. Plan work for team or section members and identify necessary resources to accomplish their work
  3. Set short-term and long-term work priorities for team or section members
  4. Assign work to team or section members based on priorities, the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees
  5. None of the above


* 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.Identify the computer software with which you have experience. Please check all that apply:
  1. SQL
  2. C#
  3. SAS
  4. VBA
  5. HTML
  6. 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.Describe your experience in deriving data processing algorithms and translating them into program code. Please check all that apply:
  1. Developed and/or debugged data processing subroutines or software in an educational or training setting as part of course work.
  2. Developed and/or debugged data processing subroutines or software on the job to resolve problems identified by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. Had responsibility individually or as a member of a team to monitor and maintain existing data processing subroutines or software.
  4. Had responsibility individually or as a member of a team to understand a process, develop an algorithm to implement that process, and create new subroutines or software to implement that algorithm.
  5. Led a team responsible for developing or maintaining data processing subroutines or software.


* 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: 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 at least 1 year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the next lower band (band II) or grade (GS-9)? (See the "Qualifications" section of this 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.Please select the following statement that best describes your level of experience analyzing statistical data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions:
  1. As a student in an academic setting I have completed projects that required me to analyze data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  2. I have no experience analyzing data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  3. As part of my regular job duties I have independently analyzed data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions.
  4. In a work environment I have analyzed data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions with supervision or guidance.
  5. I have experience contributing to the analysis of data to interpret facts and draw logical conclusions as part of work completed in a team or work group environment.


* 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 select any of the following tasks you have completed as part of economic data analyses required by your regular job duties (check all that apply).
  1. Analyzing written reports
  2. Analyzing data tables
  3. Working with data in ACCESS or SQL databases
  4. Writing accurate reports
  5. Reviewing reports for abnormalities
  6. Reviewing data tables for accuracy
  7. Reviewing charts for accuracy
  8. Collecting data
  9. Manipulating data
  10. Researching economic topics
  11. Drafting documents
  12. Reviewing written documents
  13. Editing written documents
  14. Publishing written documents
  15. None of the above


* 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.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.


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


* 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.Choose the response that most accurately reflects your level of experience with respect to problem solving.
  1. I have independently identified problems to find solutions by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  2. I have identified problems assigned to me to find solutions by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  3. I have no experience identifying problems to finding solutions by identifying questions, collecting appropriate data, and separating facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.
  4. I have collaborated with others to find solutions to assigned problems by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions. I often take the lead or I am a major contributor to the group effort in solving the problem.
  5. I have collaborated with others to find solutions to assigned problems by identifying relevant questions, collecting appropriate data, and separate facts from opinions in order to draw valid conclusions.


* 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.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.


* 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.Which of the following statements best describes your experience writing about economic and/or statistical concepts?
  1. I have written papers explaining economic and/or statistical concepts for publication.
  2. I have prepared reports summarizing economic and/or statistical research results.
  3. I have prepared tables, charts and spreadsheets containing economic and/or statistical information.
  4. I have communicated in writing to a variety of audiences regarding economic and/or statistical concepts.
  5. None of the above.


* 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.I have performed the following functions in work unit or team assignments
  1. Review the work of other team or section members
  2. Plan work for team or section members and identify necessary resources to accomplish their work
  3. Set short-term and long-term work priorities for team or section members
  4. Assign work to team or section members based on priorities, the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees
  5. None of the above


* 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.Describe your experience in deriving data processing algorithms and translating them into program code. Please check all that apply:
  1. Developed and/or debugged data processing subroutines or software in an educational or training setting as part of course work.
  2. Developed and/or debugged data processing subroutines or software on the job to resolve problems identified by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. Had responsibility individually or as a member of a team to monitor and maintain existing data processing subroutines or software.
  4. Had responsibility individually or as a member of a team to understand a process, develop an algorithm to implement that process, and create new subroutines or software to implement that algorithm.
  5. Led a team responsible for developing or maintaining data processing subroutines or software.


* 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.Identify the computer software with which you have experience. Please check all that apply:
  1. SQL
  2. C#
  3. SAS
  4. VBA
  5. HTML
  6. None of the above.


* 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.