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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-III, BEA-D-VFP
Open Period:
01/05/2017 - 01/13/2017


ZP - 1529 03
USD $64,650 - USD $100,736
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Suitland, MD, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Vanessa F. Proctor


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified U.S. Citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Full-Time, Permanent
Marketing Statement:
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is one of the world’s leading statistical agencies. BEA produces many of the nation’s most closely watched economic indicators, including GDP, Personal Income, Corporate Profits, and Trade in Goods and Services. BEA’s data products influence decisions made by government officials, businesses, and households alike.
BEA’s mission, to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost effective manner, is implemented through collecting data, conducting research and analysis, developing and implementing estimation methodologies, and disseminating data. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used by fiscal and monetary policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Treasury. BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely composed of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. If you are looking to make an impact applying top-flight analytical skills to measure and understand the nation’s economy, BEA is the right place for you. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site.

BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The SFC is an award-winning, state-of-the-art workplace conveniently located directly off the Suitland Metro stop; free parking and a variety of vanpools, carpools, and bus lines are also available. On-site amenities include a cafeteria, gym, health center, and child development center.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see BEA-CE-2017-0006, Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-III, BEA-M-VFP, which can be accessed at

This position may be filled as a Economist, ZP-0110-III, under announcement BEA-CE-2017-0009; however, this vacancy will not be filled concurrently with BEA-CE-2017-0008. Applicants interested in being considered for the position as a Economist, ZP-0110-III, must apply to announcement BEA-CE-2017-0009.

This position may be ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval). 

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a NONBARGAINING unit position.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


This vacancy is for a Mathematical Statistician position in the Office of the Director/Office of the Chief Economist located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The incumbent will carry out projects as a full member of a research team or as an independent researcher under general direction and guidance on project objectives, limits, work plans, and conclusions, assessing accuracy and reliability of results and documenting assignments according to accepted principles and methods; or performs non-research engineering, economic, statistical, or computer services as an independent technical specialist or analyst in a specific area; or performs other scientific services at an equivalent level of difficulty.

The individual selected for this position will: 

  • Assist in writing and editing manuscripts that contain complex econometric, statistical and mathematical concepts.
  • Assit staff in conducting economic research.
  • Use SAS to write programs to produce statistical analysis of large data sets.
  • Assist in managing cross-directorate collaboration on research projects.
The Full Promotion Potential of this position is: ZP-04.

If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition. This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.

Salaries shown for this vacancy include locality pay. Applicants interested in relocating to a different geographic location should be aware that their salary is subject to change.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within BEA from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location.** 

Qualifications and Evaluations


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Education Requirements:
    Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online scored occupational questionnaire, and
    3. Required supporting documents.
    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1.   Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2.   Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Skill in higher-level calculus and statistics.
    • Ability to work in a team a environment.
    • Knowledge of economic models and concepts.
    • Knowledge of SAS programming language.
    The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position Band IV.

    3.  Referral: If you are among the best qualified candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold,' "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire,or your score may be lowered.Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade or Band Levels:

    A.  Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.


    B.  Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Evaluation of Education:

    Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.

    Evaluation of Experience:

    The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements in paragraph B above should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. Without other indications of statistical experience, work required in the processing of numerical or quantified information by other than statistical methods is not considered appropriate qualifying experience. Examples of such nonqualifying work include statistical clerical work; statistical drafting; calculation of totals, averages, percentages, or other arithmetic summations; preparation of simple tables or charts; or verification of data by simple comparison or proofreading.

    The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements in paragraph B above should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


    In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

    Band III (GS-11/12 Level) In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.


    You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/band (GS-9) equivalent level or band II. Examples of specialized experience include: compiling and assembling statistical material and applying statistical techniques and analysis to data; possessing responsibility for collecting economic data from a primary or variety of sources; manipulating or analyzing economic data; preparing statistical tables and reports; conducting independent research and preparing preliminary write-ups of findings; locating and collecting relevant data to analyze a specified problem; designing tables and charts to illustrate analyses and communicating economic concepts at various levels.



    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    Benefits include:  health, life, dental and vision insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave (employees accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on years of employment), ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts. 

    Additional benefits available at Bureau of Economic Analysis Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools; etc.  

    Other Information:

    Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

    Veterans -- The following link provides information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Please note: If you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Human Resources Specialist prior to the announcements closing date.

    Monster Government Solutions is available to assist you during the business hours normally 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Monster Help Desk at or at 866-656-6831 or USAJobs Help Desk.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( The preview link is available at the end of the Qualifications and Evaluation section of the announcement.  Please ensure your resume supports yours responses to these assessment questions.

    Step 2 - Click Apply Online You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit. After selecting a resume (and supporting documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 2 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS or 2) upload from your computer. Answer the assessment questions and submit all required documents.  Once you complete the application click the "Submit My Answers" button. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS ccount,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    Required Documents:
    Resume: Your resume showing relevant experience. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and To dates (which includes the month and year for each description of experience), full-time or part-time, grade level held (if applicable), education, training etc.  Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position. A cover letter is optional. 

    Education Documentation:


    All applicants to include Bureau of Economic Analysis employees MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.

    To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or uniiversity degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:

    Veterans' Documentation. If you are appying through VEOA or VRA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate or Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214, or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

    Sole Survivorship Documentation: If you are applying under Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

    CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

    Next Steps:

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at, and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

    4. Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).