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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.Do you have experience conducting long-term economic research?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.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.


* 5.Please describe your experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  1. I have significant experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  2. I am experienced in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  3. I have limited experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  4. I do not have any experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.


* 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 while collaborating with others on joint or team projects in a work environment.
  1. Using initiative and judgment
  2. Meeting due dates and project milestones
  3. Responding to data research related questions
  4. Responding to analytical data related questions
  5. Presenting findings
  6. Establish project priorities
  7. 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.Have you worked with other students/researchers to complete a team project in a timely and successful manner?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.Do you have experience in working under pressure and tight deadlines?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.Identify the database management skills that you have routinely and successfully applied in an academic or professional environment.
  1. Develop and maintain content in complex databases.
  2. Create, develop, locate and retrieve reports from database.
  3. Provide direction, guidance or instruction to new staff on database content and use.
  4. Respond to inquiries to achieve objectives or to solve database problems.
  5. Provide methods or techniques to identify and resolve database problems.
  6. 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.What is your level of experience preparing and giving technical presentations. (Check all that applies)
  1. Presentations to professional organizations
  2. Presentations to executive staff level in agency
  3. Presentations to staff below executive level of agency
  4. Presentations to local or state or other Federal agencies
  5. Presentations to universities or research institutes
  6. Presentations to foreign government agencies
  7. None of the above


* 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.Please describe your level of experience writing papers on economic research results for publication.
  1. I do not have experience writing papers on economic research for submission for publication in professional or academic books or journals.
  2. I have published papers on economic research in professional or academic books or journals.
  3. I have written papers on economic research that are under review for publication in professional or academic books or journals.
  4. I have written papers on economic research for submission for publication in professional or academic books or journals.


* 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.


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.ZP-IV: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12)or pay band (ZP-III)(See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Please describe your experience using or improving economic statistics.
  1. I have working experience as a supervisor using or improving economic statistics.
  2. I have working experience proposing improvements to economic statistics.
  3. I have implemented new methodologies for using or improving economic statistics, as part of a team or group for management.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  6. I have working experience using economic statistics to understand the economy.


* 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.Indicate your project management experience. (Check all that apply)
  1. Setting priorities
  2. Developing project schedules
  3. Achieving objectives within schedule despite tight time constraints
  4. 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 describe your experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  1. I have significant experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  2. I am experienced in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  3. I have limited experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.
  4. I do not have any experience in conducting self-directed research guided by advanced economic theory using sophisticated econometric or statistical estimation techniques.


* 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.Please select any of the following tasks you have completed while collaborating with others on joint or team projects in a work environment.
  1. Using initiative and judgment
  2. Meeting due dates and project milestones
  3. Responding to data research related questions
  4. Responding to analytical data related questions
  5. Presenting findings
  6. Establish project priorities
  7. 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.Do you have experience in working under pressure and tight deadlines?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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 with collaborating with others on joint or team research projects?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.Please select the following statement that best describes your level of experience working in a team environment.
  1. I have no experience working in a team environment.
  2. I have extensive experience working in a team environment and have led a team of professionals.
  3. I have limited work experience working in a team environment.
  4. I have routinely worked in a team environment as a regular part of the job and provide guidance to less experienced staff.
  5. I have some work experience working in team environment under the guidance of a supervisor or more senior staff member.


* 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.What is your level of experience preparing and giving technical presentations. (Check all that applies)
  1. Presentations to professional organizations
  2. Presentations to executive staff level in agency
  3. Presentations to staff below executive level of agency
  4. Presentations to local or state or other Federal agencies
  5. Presentations to universities or research institutes
  6. Presentations to foreign government agencies
  7. 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.Please check any of the following statements that describe your experience writing a report of research results that was used by others for guidance or direction.
  1. I have completed coursework and received credit for a dissertation or thesis.
  2. I have written a report of research results in a professional work environment and that report served to inform and guide work in my unit or other units.
  3. I have written a report of research results in a professional work environment which was subsequently cited by others.
  4. I have written or co-authored an article that was accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  5. I have never written a report of research results.


* 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: 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.

I certify that I have read the "Who May Be Considered" AND the "Job Summary" sections of this vacancy announcement and I understand that if I am a previous or current Federal competitive employee (includes most Bureau employees) looking for a transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement, this vacancy may not afford me the best advantage. I understand my option to consult with the HR office listed on the vacancy if I have any questions.