<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The <strong>Economist</strong> position is in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Regulation Policy and Management (00REG), Office of the Secretary, located in Washington, DC. The incumbent is responsible for performing a broad range of major assignments involving project formulation; planning and carrying out complex economic research; analyzing findings; and preparation of reports presenting results. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Develop regulatory impact analyses (RIA) in accordance with EO12866.</li> <li>Develop RIA accounting statement in accordance with Regulatory Right to Know Act.</li> <li>Perform project formulation data and analyses by planning and carrying out complex economic research and analyzing findings.</li> <li>Serve as point of contact with Office of Management and Budget's desk officer concerning all RIA and liaise on request.</li> <li>Serve as subject matter expert on statistical analyses of the veterans' regulations.</li> <li>Formulate the development of cost-benefit models to simulate the financial and policy impact of changes in Veterans? regulations.</li> <li>Coordinate and present statistical information and technical analyses related to VA regulations to executive leadership.</li> <li>Conduct economic research and analysis and develop methodologies and approaches for research.</li> <li>Develop proposed legislation by providing costing, impact, and long range planning.</li> <li>Monitor departmental compliance with major federal laws.</li> <li>Conduct technical review of analyses from other federal agencies and provide guidance to the Director.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.</li> <li>Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.</li> <li>Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.</li> <li>A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by closing date of this announcement. <br /><br /><b>Individual Occupational Requirements – applicants must meet the requirements below:</b><br /><br /><b><strong>Basic Requirements</strong></b><br /><br /><li><strong>Degree:</strong> economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.<br /><br />OR<br /> </li> <li><strong>Combination of education and experience:</strong> courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.<br /> </li> <strong>AND<br /><br />Specialized Experience:</strong> one year of specialized experience as described in the IOR which is at the GS-12 grade level and in the normal line of progression. Specialized experience is work performed in the public or private sectors in developing regulatory impact analyses to include the compilation of regulatory accounting statements; gathering project formulation data to include an analysis of economic research/findings; conducting economic research utilizing various methodologies; monitoring compliance with various laws; interpreting proposed legislation to include providing a cost analyses and long range planning on the impact of such legislation.<br /><br /><strong> Note </strong>: 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; religions; 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 you document, to include volunteer experience. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br />Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, school, or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must include a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript(s) in order to receive credit for that education. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Work Schedule:</strong> 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Alternate work schedules are available.<br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items such as papers and books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.<br /><br />Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.<br /><br />The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here <br /><br /><strong>Placement Policy:</strong> The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.<br /><br /><strong>Notice to Applicants: </strong>Itis the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address in their resumes the specialized experience needed for the position (as described in the job announcement), or who do not possess the education to substitute for it, will not be referred for further consideration.<br /><br />You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:<ul><li>Compliance</li><li>Critical Thinking</li><li>Economics and Accounting</li><li>Planning and Evaluating</li><li>Research</li><li>Technical Competence</li></ul><br /> If you are referred for consideration you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined in the announcement; and/or completion of a work sample; and/or an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or your further consideration for employment.<br /><br />After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.<br /><br />Your application will be evaluated using the category rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions and the documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories: <li>Best Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.</li> <li>Well Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.</li> <li>Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements.</li> Note: Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Resume</strong> <ul> <li>Your resume may be submitted in any format, however, we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.</li> <li>For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, the inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive credit for the experience.</li> <li>If you submit more than one copy of your resume, the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. We would recommend that you not submit more than one version of your resume.</li> <li>If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, we will not use it to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered further for the vacancy.</li> </ul> <strong>Applicants claiming veterans' preference must also submit:</strong> <ul> <li>A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) is required. The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here .</li> <li>Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that reflects their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so that eligibility can be determined.</li> <li>Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.</li> <li>If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here </li> </ul> <strong>Transcripts</strong> <ul> <li>If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.</li> <li>An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, grades received, and degree conferred if applicable.</li> <li>Your transcript (official of unofficial) must reflect the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience.</li> <li>If you are claiming superior academic achievement (SAA) ensure you submit transcript(s) to demonstrate it. The requirements for superior academic achievement can be viewed here </li> <li>A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in lieu of a transcript.</li> <li>An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.</li> <li>Whenever possible it is preferable that you submit copies of official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may lack essential information necessary for a full evaluation of your qualifications.</li> </ul> <strong>Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit:</strong> <ul> <li>Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or </li> <li>Worker's compensation separation (agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50; or </li> <li>Disability annuity termination (notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held); or </li> <li>Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 (certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held).</li> </ul> Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You will not be contacted for additional information. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.