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Grade: 12

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Specialized experience for the GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service. This is equivalent to performing the following duties for a minimum of one year:
Plan and execute independent economic research projects, using appropriate theoretical models, statistical techniques, or software packages, that would be suitable for publication in academic journals; AND
Compile and analyze macroeconomic data sets to construct tables or graphs that capture key findings; AND
Communicate effectively, both in written products and during oral presentations.

OR A related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
OR Combination of specialized experience and graduate level education. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

Candidates who are in the process of completing the requirements for a Ph.D. will be considered for the GS-12 level as long as the requirements for a Ph.D. are completed within 9 months of application.

1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience and/or education. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-11 level as described above and in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I have a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to one year of specialized experience.
  • I do not meet or exceed the one year of specialized experience requirement as described above and in the vacancy announcement or I do not meet the education requirements or I do not possess a combination of specialized experience and education to meet the requirements.
2 Select the response that best describes your demonstrated ability to present research findings, both written and oral. Answer to this question is required
  • I have presented my own research findings at two (or more) academic conferences and at one (or more) department-level workshops.
  • I have presented my own research findings at one academic conference and one (or more) department-level workshop.
  • I have presented my own research findings at one (or more) department-level workshops.
  • I do not have the experience described above.

Grade: 13

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Specialized experience for the GS-13: To be qualified for GS-13 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service. This is equivalent to performing the following duties for a minimum of one year:
Planning, executing, and completing independent economic research projects by using appropriate theoretical models, statistical techniques, and software packages that would suitable for publication in academic journals; AND
Compiling and analyzing macro data sets to construct tables or graphs that capture key findings; AND
Working with macroeconomic data by collection methods or time-series techniques to assess the significance of changes in economic conditions; AND
Communicating effectively, both in written products and orally, to present analysis at interagency policy meetings, policy-oriented workshops outside government, or private-sector consulting projects related to the public sector.

1

Do you meet the specialized experience as described above?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2

Select the one response that best describes your demonstrated expertise in policy coordination across various stakeholders.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have knowledge of the interagency policy formulation process within the U.S. government or similar private sector organization and the ability to function effectively within such a structure, as well as experience developing new and imaginative policy responses (both regulatory and legislative initiatives) to public policy concerns, through a U.S. government agency, or similar private sector organization, or through academic collaboration.
  • I have an understanding of the interagency policy formulation process within the U.S. government or similar private sector organization, and experience developing policy responses (both regulatory and legislative initiatives) to public policy concerns, through a U.S. government agency or similar private sector organization, or through academic collaboration.
  • I have experience working on interdisciplinary teams in the government or private sector covering various microeconomic topics.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 14

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Specialized experience for the GS-14: To be qualified for GS-14 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal service. This is equivalent to performing the following duties for a minimum of one year:
Conducting independent research into questions of economic significance and using advanced statistical and econometric techniques; AND
Published independent research in peer-reviewed journal articles, doctoral dissertation chapters, or equivalent publications; AND
Planned and implemented applied macroeconomic and/or economic policy-driven modeling; AND
Led intra-office or interagency work groups to study questions of applied macroeconomic and/or economic policy significance; AND
Developed applied economic or policy ideas through the use of economic research.

1

Do you meet the specialized experience as described above?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2

Select the response that best describes your demonstrated ability to deliver effective policy-oriented reports, both written and oral, to senior policy customers.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed and delivered policy-oriented reports based on my own technical economic research to senior policy customers using effective nontechnical language as needed.
  • I have developed and delivered policy-oriented reports based on my own technical economic research to immediate supervisors and colleagues within a policy setting, answering questions with nontechnical language as required.
  • I have developed (but not personally delivered) policy-oriented reports based on largely on my own technical economic research to immediate supervisors or colleagues.
  • I do not have the experience as described above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Where did you learn about this Department of the Treasury job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • FedExperience website
  • USAJOBS website
  • Career Connector Notification
  • Community Organization
  • Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  • Friend/Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference, or Convention
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Public Notice or Service Announcement
  • Radio/TV
  • School, College, Counselor
  • Vacancy Announcement Posting
  • Professional Organization
  • Diversity Organization
  • LinkedIn
  • Other
If your application is incomplete, for example not providing the information or examples as requested or stating please see resume, N/A, etc. OR if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education, your application will be marked ineligible and receive no further consideration for this announcement.
2 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
3 Are you currently serving or have you previously served in a Schedule A Appointment with the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet agency approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
4

Do you meet the education requirements or the combination of education and experience requirements described above?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5

Which fields best describe your main areas of experience in economics, as evidenced through independent economic research culminating in papers, reports, and publications?

Answer to this question is required
  • Consumption, saving, and household behavior
  • Economic growth, development, and/or time series processes
  • Energy and commodity markets
  • Housing, construction, and residential fixed investment
  • Business activity, industrial organization, sector-specific studies
  • Inflation dynamics
  • International economics
  • Labor markets
  • Monetary economics
  • Public sector economics
  • None of the above.
6

Select all of the experiences that apply.

Answer to this question is required
  • Locating and compiling a wide range of U.S. macroeconomic data, via data aggregation services (such as Haver, Bloomberg, Moodys, or others).
  • Monitoring and preparing quick-turnaround notes on current U.S. economic conditions.
  • Creating graphical presentations that track a large number of data series and summarize emerging trends and developments.
  • Writing for nontechnical audiences about economic issues (for example, GDP, inflation, employment, or financial markets).
  • Integrating core macroeconomic concepts into data-driven analysis.
  • I do not have the experiences described above.
7

Select the response that best describes your experience in working effectively in interdisciplinary teams analyzing important dimensions related to U.S. economic performance.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked on interdisciplinary research teams that drew on my experience with macroeconomic processes and data; and experience with policy formulation process within the U.S. government. I have worked successfully with team members to support decision-makers at all levels of my organization.
  • I have worked on interdisciplinary research teams (potentially outside the U.S. government) that contributed to the policy formulation process, and I have supported decision-makers within my organization.
  • I have worked on interdisciplinary teams on topics other than economic issues.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
8

Select the response that best describes your experience in making effective policy oriented presentations, orally and in writing, to nontechnical audiences.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed and delivered presentations that cover economic analyses and research related to macroeconomic issues for senior decision-makers, immediate supervisors and advisors, and peers.
  • I have developed and delivered presentations that cover economic analysis or research for peers and immediate supervisors or advisors.
  • I have developed presentations that cover economic analysis or research for technical audiences and colleagues or supervisors.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
9

Choose the statement that best describes your experience in applying macroeconomic theory and concepts to the analysis of economic policy issues.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in policy-driven macroeconomic analysis demonstrated by building and running complex models, adapting models to simulate policy scenarios, and independently planning and executing economic research projects leading directly to publications, reports, papers, and presentations.
  • I have experience in applied macroeconomic analysis demonstrated by building and running advanced economic models producing results that have economic applications and by independently planning and executing economic research projects that lead directly to publications, papers, reports, and presentations.
  • I have experience in applied economic analysis, demonstrated by running, but not necessarily building or adapting, economic models that examine policy-relevant scenarios and by executing research projects that lead to reports or presentations.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
10

Choose the statement that best describes your experience using advanced analytic methods and econometric techniques.

Answer to this question is required
  • I possess an understanding of and/or have used analytical methods and econometric techniques demonstrated by experience in three or more of the following: forecasting the U.S. economy, estimating relationships among key macroeconomic variables, analyzing time series data and processes, interpreting macroeconometric results, or running macroeconomic simulations.
  • I possess an understanding of and/or have used analytical methods and econometric techniques demonstrated by experience in two or more of the following: contributing to a forecast of the U.S. economy, estimating relationships among key macroeconomic variables, working with time-series data, or interpreting macroeconometric results.
  • I possess experience using analytic methods and econometric technique demonstrated by experience in estimating relationships among key macroeconomic variables or interpreting econometric results.
  • None of the above.
11

Select any of the software packages/languages that you regularly use when conducting statistical analysis.

Answer to this question is required
  • Eviews
  • Matlab or R
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • Stata
  • Excel
  • Other array language(s)
  • None of the above.