Please indicate below how you would like to be considered for this position. You may make more than one selection as applicable. You will only be considered under the options selected, so please choose carefully.
MERIT PROMOTION You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for promotion or transfer to a position at a higher grade level than your current permanent position in the competitive service.
2. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for reassignment, transfer, or change to lower grade to a position that has greater promotion potential than currently or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.
3. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying to a temporary promotion in excess of 120 calendar days to a higher graded position or one with higher potential than position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.
4. Former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility applying to a higher grade or position with greater promotion potential than a position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.
If applying based on #1-4 above, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure group 1 or 2 in block 24. You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.
5. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). You must submit a copy of your DD-214.
NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:
1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for. You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.) Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.
2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You must submit a copy of your DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.
3. 30% or more disabled veterans. You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.
4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.
5. Persons with disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment. You must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness.
6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers. You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.
7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement.
Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Research Agricultural Economist position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for the position.
1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. If you select A or B, please submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.A. I have completed a bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
2. Choose one answer that best describes your experience for the GS-12 grade level.
3. Have you taken full responsibility for all stages of a major, technical, outlook or applied economic research study (including project planning, conceptualization, implementation, presentation of findings, and publication in peer reviewed journals and/or equivalent government publications and/or Ph.D dissertation) on current global or domestic commodity, food or resource market?A. Yes
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
4. Conduct technical, applied research or analysis on current global or domestic food, commodity, or resource markets.
5. Formulate research plans, develop methodology, determine data needs, and define resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis.
6. Identify and define promising and pertinent areas of outlook, analysis, and research on issues important to the domestic food, agriculture, or resource markets.
7. Select appropriate and current research methodologies to explain or better understand economic conditions and market developments in food, agriculture, or other natural resource industries.
8. Employ advanced econometric analysis using discrete choice models, time series analysis, panel data, spatial analysis, nonlinear programming, computer general equilibrium analysis, or dynamic programming.
9. Organizing, cleaning, querying, analyzing, and managing large and complex databases to create a statistically reliable dataset for complex econometric or simulation analysis.
10. Communicate economic concepts and research results in professional forums or peer-reviewed publications or government or industry reports.
11. Present briefings on technical and complex economic concepts and research to senior economists, management or decision-makers.
12. Perform technical, applied economic research on issues addressing retail food prices, with particular interest in topics such as the determinants of input costs, seasonality and pricing, strategies of various retail formats, forecasting farm-to-retail price margins, temporal and special variation in food prices, and the distribution of price changes.
13. Conduct technical, applied economic research on the interaction between consumers and retailers as they relate to USDA food and agricultural policy.