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Grade: 09

1 GS-09: Do you have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service? OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience? See the "Qualifications" section of the announcement for the definition of specialized experience and related degree fields. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for International Economist, GS-0110-09. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service to include detailed study planning; collection and compilation of data from primary and secondary sources; preparation of preliminary reports; and use of computer applications in economic research.
  • I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
  • I have a combination of qualifying higher level graduate education and matching experience for the Grade 09. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.This experience and education is fully documented in my resume. I have provided supporting graduate level transcripts.
  • I do not possess the experience nor education described above.
3 Do you have experience working with data and/or products from a variety of statistical agencies/organizations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in this area and I am normally consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I have some experience in this area and I am sometimes consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I have limited experience in this area and I am rarely consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I do not have knowledge/experience in this area.
4 Select the response that best describes your background analyzing data and applying judgement and discretion when completing assigned tasks. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared briefings that analyze both complex and controversial program and/or policy issues.
  • I have developed viable alternatives for solving problems, outlining pros and cons of various actions.
  • I have analyzed competing or conflicting priorities or interests and the impact of one course of action over another on the program in question.
  • None of the above
5 Select the one response that best describes your demonstrated ability and skill in creating and utilizing large, complex spreadsheets and databases (e.g. Access, Excel, SAS) to conduct complex economic analysis and formulate trade policy recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
6 Select the one response that best describes experience in analyzing the impact of economic policy and/or regulations on industries. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
7 Select the response that best describes your knowledge of international trade theory and practice. Answer to this question is required
  • I have knowledge from working with a private firm or governmental organization dealing with international trade policy, promotion, or practices.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have knowledge of international trade theory and practices as a result of graduate level courses but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this task.
8 Select the response that best describes your background sorting data on multiple fields; creating graphs and charts; and writing formulas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have overseen performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
9 Select the one response that best describes experience researching, assembling, and compiling information for various reports, briefings, and/or analyses on economic, trade, or political issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience in making effective oral and written presentations related to critical policy issues under tight deadlines for use by senior officials, policymakers, foreign delegations, and colleagues.
  • I have experience in making oral and written presentations for a variety of audiences covering policy issues or research.
  • I have limited experience in making presentations and preparing reports on policy issues for a variety of audiences.
  • I do not have the knowledge/experience described above.
10 Do you have experience conducting and completing independent research projects guided by economic theory and using statistical or econometric techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.
11 Do you have skill or experience in preparing reports, correspondence or talking points on international trade policy or economic policy to non-technical audiences in person or writing? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually with limited review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.

Grade: 11

1 GS-11: Do you have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the federal service? OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of graduate level education beyond the Master's level and specialized experience? See the "Qualifications" section of the announcement for the definition of specialized experience and related degree fields. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for International Economist, GS-0110-11. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service to include conducting literature searches and preparing preliminary write-ups of findings; locating and collecting relevant data to analyze a problem and applying analysis to data; and presenting results using tables and charts to illustrate analyses.
  • I have a 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I have a combination of qualifying higher level graduate education and matching experience for the Grade 11. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. This experience and education is fully documented in my resume. I have provided supporting graduate level transcripts.
  • I do not possess the experience nor education descibed above.
3 Do you have experience in developing plans for and/or implementing research and analysis projects of lengthy duration? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in this area and I am normally consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I have some experience in this area and I am sometimes consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I have limited experience in this area and I am rarely consulted for assistance in this area.
  • I do not have knowledge/experience in this area.
4 Select the response that best describes your background analyzing data and applying judgement and discretion when completing assigned tasks. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared briefings that analyze both complex and controversial program and/or policy issues.
  • I have developed viable alternatives for solving problems, outlining pros and cons of various actions.
  • I have analyzed competing or conflicting priorities or interests and the impact of one course of action over another on the program in question.
  • None of the above
5 Select the one response that best describes your demonstrated ability and skill in creating and utilizing large, complex spreadsheets and databases (e.g. Access, Excel, SAS) to conduct complex economic analysis and formulate trade policy recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
6 Select the one response that best describes experience in analyzing the impact of economic policy and/or regulations on industries. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
7 Select the response that best describes your knowledge of international trade theory and practice. Answer to this question is required
  • I have knowledge from working with a private firm or governmental organization dealing with international trade policy, promotion, or practices.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have knowledge of international trade theory and practices as a result of graduate level courses but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this task.
8 Select the response that best describes your background sorting data on multiple fields; creating graphs and charts; and writing formulas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have overseen performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
9 Do you have experience conducting and completing independent research projects guided by economic theory and using statistical or econometric techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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 Select the one response that best describes experience researching, assembling, and compiling information for various reports, briefings, and/or analyses on economic, trade, or political issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience in making effective oral and written presentations related to critical policy issues under tight deadlines for use by senior officials, policymakers, foreign delegations, and colleagues.
  • I have experience in making oral and written presentations for a variety of audiences covering policy issues or research.
  • I have limited experience in making presentations and preparing reports on policy issues for a variety of audiences.
  • I do not have the knowledge/experience described above.
11 Do you have skill or experience in preparing reports, correspondence or talking points on international trade policy or economic policy to non-technical audiences in person or writing? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually with limited review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.

Grade: 12

1 Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? This experience need not have been in the federal government. (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and meets the Additional Qualification Requirements for Economist, GS-0110-12. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service to include experience in assisting in the development of policies and programs; planning and carrying out projects for collecting detailed economic data; preparing reports; creating and maintaining databases; and monitoring and evaluating economic issues for impact on agency programs and policies.
  • I do not possess the experience described above.
3 Select the one response that best describes your demonstrated ability and skill in creating and utilizing large, complex spreadsheets and databases (e.g. Access, Excel, SAS) to conduct complex economic analysis and formulate trade policy recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
4 Select the response that best describes your background analyzing data and applying judgement and discretion when completing assigned tasks. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared briefings that analyze both complex and controversial program and/or policy issues.
  • I have developed viable alternatives for solving problems, outlining pros and cons of various actions.
  • I have analyzed competing or conflicting priorities or interests and the impact of one course of action over another on the program in question.
  • None of the above
5 Select the one response that best describes experience in analyzing the impact of economic policy and/or regulations on industries. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have performed this type of work in a professional capacity but not for formulating trade policy recommendations.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job, independently and without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this type of work as a regular part of my job and have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert in performing this task.
6 Select the response that best describes your knowledge of international trade theory and practice. Answer to this question is required
  • I have knowledge from working with a private firm or governmental organization dealing with international trade policy, promotion, or practices.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have knowledge of international trade theory and practices as a result of graduate level courses but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this task.
7 Select the response that best describes your background sorting data on multiple fields; creating graphs and charts; and writing formulas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have overseen performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert in performing this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I do not have education, training or experience in performing this task.
8 Do you have experience conducting and completing independent research projects guided by economic theory and using statistical or econometric techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.
9 Select the one response that best describes experience researching, assembling, and compiling information for various reports, briefings, and/or analyses on economic, trade, or political issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience in making effective oral and written presentations related to critical policy issues under tight deadlines for use by senior officials, policymakers, foreign delegations, and colleagues.
  • I have experience in making oral and written presentations for a variety of audiences covering policy issues or research.
  • I have limited experience in making presentations and preparing reports on policy issues for a variety of audiences.
  • I do not have the knowledge/experience described above.
10 Do you have skill or experience in preparing reports, correspondence or talking points on international trade policy or economic policy to non-technical audiences in person or writing? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually with limited review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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.

Grade: All Grades

1 How do you wish to be considered for this position? PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW THE OPTIONS BELOW and choose only those for which you are fully eligible. You are required to provide sufficient documentation to validate your eligibility for your selection. YOU WILL BE ONLY CONSIDERED FOR THE OPTIONS you select and for which you have submitted the required documentation. Answer to this question is required
  • DOC MERIT PROMOTION -- Current permanent competitive service Department of Commerce employee. (You must provide an SF-50 as defined under the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement).
  • MERIT PROMOTION -- Status applicants (i.e. current and former government employees in the competitive service who have completed 3 years of substantially continuous creditable competitive service or who are currently serving in a career conditional status or who have separated from a career conditional appointment within the past 3 years). (You must provide a SF-50 as defined under the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. The SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, must show your current -- or most recent that validates this eligibility -- grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2").
  • REASSIGNMENT/REPROMOTION -- applicant as defined above and is currently or has previously occupied a permanent position at the same or higher permanent grade level at the same or higher full performance (target grade) level of this Job Opportunity Announcement. Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current -- or most recent copy that validates this eligibility -- grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2").
  • VEOA -- Individuals eligible for competitive appointment under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service. (You must provide a DD-214 and additional documentation if applicable as defined under the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement).
  • SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY -- Individuals 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 (must submit DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15), military spouse (must submit valid marriage certificate or other documentation verifying marriage and must submit the military orders assigning the member and his/her spouse to a certain post. Persons with disabilities (must submit letter from health professional), Interchange agreements (must submit SF-50), Peace Corp volunteers (must submit Letter of Non-Competitive Eligibility for Peace Corps), United States Postal Service employees (must submit SF-50), or certain former overseas employees such as Career Foreign Service Officers (must submit SF-50).
  • CTAP -- 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 similar notice. Please review the Other Information section for more information on CTAP. (You must provide the appropriate supporting documents as defined under the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement).
  • ICTAP -- Displaced Federal employee (ICTAP). Note: If you select that you wish to be considered as a displaced Federal employee (ICTAP), you MUST have received your formal "Reduction in Force Separation Notice" or similar certification. Please review the Other Information section for more information on ICTAP. (You must provide the appropriate supporting documents as defined under the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement).
  • None of the above.
2 If you checked response 5. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY, please list the authority. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 The U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) current policy requires the review of all competitive and non-political excepted service appointment actions that involve the appointment or conversion of a current or former political appointee, Schedule C employee, or Noncareer SES member. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment within the previous five-year period. Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded. (Maximum length of 250 characters.) Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
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)? Director's Award for Innovation, Quality Step Increase, Equal Employment Opportunity Award, or equivalent (within the last 3 years)? Department of Commerce Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal or equivalent honorary award (Lifetime)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded. (Maximum length of 250 characters.) Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 Indicate your most recent performance rating (received within the last four years). Answer to this question is required. Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent performance rating is at least at the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  • My most recent performance rating is at below at the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  • I have not received a performance rating within the last four years.
9 If you selected "I have not received a performance rating within the last four years" please provide an explanation. (Maximum length of 250 characters.) Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
10 Please certify that you have accurately and truthfully represented your level of work experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and/or education when completing this questionnaire as your responses, resume and supporting documents will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness as appropriate. Deliberate attempts to falsify information are grounds for non-selection and for termination. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position. Answer to this question is required
  • I certify that my answers are accurate and complete.
  • I do not wish to certify. I understand that I will not be considered for this position.
11 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions within International Trade Administration (ITA). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Applicants may check the status of their application by accessing the Department of Commerce (QuickHire), Applicant Site at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
12 I have thoroughly reviewed the 'How to Apply/Required Documents' & 'Qualifications' sections of this Vacancy Announcement to determine which supplemental documents to submit. This may include: Transcripts to verify undergraduate/graduate education; SF-50 if I am a current/former Federal employee; DD214 if I am a veteran (and SF-15/VA Letter if applicable), etc. I understand that failure to fax in required documents by the vacancy announcement's closing date may result in loss of consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No