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Grade: 03
* 1.In additional to meeting the minimum basic education requirements, you must have one year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower pay band or grade (GS-9) in the federal service OR you MUST meet the required educational requirements for a GS-11
  1. I have one full year of professional experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower pay band or a GS-09 as described in this vacancy announcement.
  2. I have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) OR I have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
  3. I have a combination of education and professional experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the one year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.You MUST meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for Economist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background.
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  3. I have a combination of education and professional experience as cited in the vacancy announcement.
  4. I have not completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, nor have I completed at least 21 semester hours in economics with 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


* 3.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


* 4.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


* 5.Do you have experience working with macroeconomic statistics, such as input-output tables or national income and product accounts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.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.


* 7.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


* 8.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.


* 9.Please describe your experience proposing, researching and/or implementing new methodologies for improving economic statistics.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.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.


* 11.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.


* 12.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.


* 13.From the following list of Leadership and Problem solving work behaviors, select those that you have performed on the job.
  1. Successfully lead a team
  2. Develop/coordinate project schedules
  3. Set priorities
  4. Plan work assignments
  5. Establish short and long term priorities
  6. Identify problems
  7. Monitor progress and accomplish objectives
  8. Develop definitive alternatives and reach alternative solutions
  9. None of the above


* 14.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.


* 15.Do you have experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule?
  1. I have substantial experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule.
  2. I have substantial experience managing multiple projects concurrently to meet objectives within a tight schedule, but was not responsible for setting priorities.
  3. I have some experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule.
  4. I have some experience managing multiple projects concurrently to meet objectives within a tight schedule, but was not responsible for setting priorities.
  5. I do not have this experience.


* 16.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.


* 17.Do you have experience identifying and evaluating potential problems and future needs of ongoing projects and recommending the proper course of action?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.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.


* 19.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.


* 20.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.


* 21.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.


* 22.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: 04
* 1.You MUST meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for Economist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background.
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  3. I have a combination of education and professional experience as cited in the vacancy announcement.
  4. I have not completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, nor have I completed at least 21 semester hours in economics with 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


* 2.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


* 3.Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least next lower band (band III) or grade (GS-12)? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Will you have one year of time-in-grade at the grade 12 level as of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience working with macroeconomic statistics, such as input-output tables or national income and product accounts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.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.


* 7.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


* 8.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.


* 9.Please describe your experience proposing, researching and/or implementing new methodologies for improving economic statistics.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.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.


* 11.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.


* 12.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.


* 13.From the following list of Leadership and Problem solving work behaviors, select those that you have performed on the job.
  1. Successfully lead a team
  2. Develop/coordinate project schedules
  3. Set priorities
  4. Plan work assignments
  5. Establish short and long term priorities
  6. Identify problems
  7. Monitor progress and accomplish objectives
  8. Develop definitive alternatives and reach alternative solutions
  9. None of the above


* 14.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.


* 15.Do you have experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule?
  1. I have substantial experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule.
  2. I have substantial experience managing multiple projects concurrently to meet objectives within a tight schedule, but was not responsible for setting priorities.
  3. I have some experience managing multiple projects concurrently and setting priorities to meet objectives within a tight schedule.
  4. I have some experience managing multiple projects concurrently to meet objectives within a tight schedule, but was not responsible for setting priorities.
  5. I do not have this experience.


* 16.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.


* 17.Do you have experience identifying and evaluating potential problems and future needs of ongoing projects and recommending the proper course of action?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.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.


* 19.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.


* 20.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.


* 21.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.


* 22.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 AOC2: 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 Bureau of Economic Analysis employee on a permanent competitive appointment or with reinstatement eligibility.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. None of the above.


* 2.To be minimally qualified for this position, you must meet the Qualification Requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Do you meet this requirement by the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.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


* 4.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


* 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.