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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.

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

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


* 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 IV) or grade (GS-14)? (See "Qualifications" for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Will you have one year of time-in-grade at the grade 14 level as of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.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


* 6.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


* 7.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.


* 8.Please describe your experience with macroeconomic statistics.
  1. I have used national level macroeconomic statistics such as GDP and consumer spending in conducting economic analysis for research purposes.
  2. I have used macroeconomic statistics for business and/or government policy analysis.
  3. I have participated in the construction of macroeconomic statistics such as national income and product accounts or input-output accounts.
  4. I have studied macroeconomic statistics in school.
  5. I have no experience in this area.


* 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 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.


* 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 detailed experience with the structure of the estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?
  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 monitoring the progress of multiple projects to ensure their timely completion?
  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.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


* 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.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.


* 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 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


* 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.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.


* 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.


* 24.Which of the following best describes your experience developing and implementing standard operating procedures.
  1. I have independently, with only minimum review from a supervisor, developed and submitted standard operating procedures that were implemented by an organization.
  2. I have drafted, with assistance from a supervisor, standard operating procedures that were implemented by an organization.
  3. I have worked closely with individuals across an organization to ensure that procedures contained in standard operating procedures were properly applied.
  4. I have drafted standard operating procedures, but they were not implemented by an organization.
  5. I have experience less than the levels described above.


* 25.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.


* 26.Do you have experience communicating complex, technical information related to macroeconomic topics, time series analysis, and estimation methods to a wide variety of audiences?
  1. I often provide both written and oral briefings in which I explain these topics to audiences with less technical background than myself.
  2. I often provide both written and oral briefings in which I explain these topics to my immediate peers as well as others with my level of technical knowledge.
  3. I have experience writing about these topics, but do not have experience providing oral presentations or briefings.
  4. I have past experience in these areas, but in my current position, I do not.
  5. I have no experience in these areas.


* 27.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.


* 28.Do you have work experience conducting reviews of program areas and making process improvement recommendations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 29.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.


* 30.Do you have experience performing the following as a leader?
  1. Explaining organizational goals and objectives to your staff and assisting them in accomplishing their work to meet those goals.
  2. Coaching, facilitating, and solving work problems of your immediate workgroup as well as collaborating with others on broader organizational issues.
  3. Providing information to senior leadership on performance of your team and individual employees.
  4. Communicating assignments, milestones and deadlines to your staff consistent with overreaching organizational goals.
  5. Observing and addressing training needs of your staff.
  6. Planning resource requirements to meet future strategic goals of your immediate workgroup as well as the broader organization.
  7. None


* 31.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.


* 32.Do you have experience as a member of an inter-agency or inter-directorate taskforce, working group, or other such team responsible for implementing improvements that affect your immediate working group or organization as a whole?
  1. I have been a member of such a team and provided significant contribution in forming the improvements implemented by the team.
  2. I have held a leadership role on such a team, where I was responsible for building coalitions between team members in order to successfully implement improvements.
  3. I have not been a member of such a team.


* 33.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.


* 34.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.


* 35.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.


* 36.From the following list of leadership and problem solving work behaviors, select those that you have performed on the job (check all that apply).
  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


* 37.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.