ECONOMIST


Vacancy ID: 867731   Announcement Number: CIS-PJN-867731-IIP   USAJOBS Control Number: 340751700

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to the on-line questionnaire must be supported by your resume. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

FAILURE TO SELECT A RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION WILL DEFAULT IN A NEGATIVE RESPONSE, WHICH WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FOR THIS POSITION.

1. There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Do you meet these requirements?

A. Yes
B. No
C. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee.
D. No, however I do fall under the EXCEPTION of state-side coverage.  I understand that I must submit complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination at a later time if deemed necessary.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

2. Which of the following statements best describes how you meet the basic educational requirements for this occupation?

A. I have a degree in economics that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
B. I have a combination of education and experience, a relevant degree from an accredited college or university; courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 'A' above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Applied experience or research in regional growth models and business conditions are desirable.
C. My education and/or experience do not meet the education and or experience described above.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

3. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level managing the formulation, programming and guidance of projects or programs involving economic issues; conducting complex economic analysis that involves extensive research and documentation; and presenting complex economic research and topics to a variety of audiences.
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

4. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level serving as an authorized technical advisor in an assigned area with responsibility for providing technical information regarding the state of the economy and forecast of economic movements; providing policy makers with accurate, meaningful, and properly evaluated and understood economic information; and utilizing economic theory and methodologies to assess the adequacy of existing programs to identify problems and recommend alternative solutions.
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

For each item, select the ONE response that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted other in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

5. Provide technical information, guidance and direction regarding the state regional economic impact analysis and business conditions.

6. Provide informed interpretation and analysis of observed economic trends, business dynamics, and evaluations and forecasts of economic movements.

7. Evaluate complex economic data from a variety of sources with local, regional and national impact.

8. Conduct research and development to foster innovative approaches to new and existing problems in economic fields and business proposals.

9. Develop and apply advancement to regional input output methods, growth accounting, and job creation models.

10. Manage the formulation, programming and guidance of projects and programs involving economic issues of great importance and significance.

11. Identify and assess the adequacy of existing programs.

12. Provide recommendations and implement changes to improve programs.

13. Develop, present and review new ideas for analysis and presentation of economic data to both peers and practitioners.

14. Prepare and present the results of studies to senior management to assist with planning and decision making processes.

15. Provide formal presentations, speeches, briefings to senior management officials.

16. Report project status and provide technical briefings to senior management officials.

17. Communicate effectively with all levels of professional and technical workforce and management to provide economic guidance and recommendations.

18. Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships inside and outside of the organization.

19. Communicate sensitive or controversial economic-related policies effectively in reports, briefings, and written Congressional testimony.

20. Interact with others to provide interpretation, technical guidance and direction to the media, other agencies, Congressional staff members, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) or the trade community.

21. Participate in interagency work groups and respond to inquiries from the general public and high-level government officials.

22. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.

Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that I may be removed from consideration.

B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.