Industry Economist ()

Industry Economist ()

Salary Range: 114,590.00 - 148,967.00 $ /year Open Period: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Series & Grade: GS-0110-14/14 Position Information: Full Time Permanent Promotion Potential: 14 Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC Who May Be Considered: U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-18-HRC-OWCP-036 for status applicants. To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs. Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation Supervisory Status: No

Job Summary: About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Division of Administration and Operations (DAO), Branch of Medical Standards and Rehabilitation (BMSR). The mission of OWCP is to administer four major disability compensation programs for workers who become ill or injured on the job.

  • This position has no further promotion potential.
  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement if additional positions are authorized.Travel Required:
  • Not Required

Key Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

Back to topDUTIESAdditional Duty Location Info:1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC

The incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:

  • Plans, coordinates, and conducts long-range, broad medically-oriented studies and analyses, trend analysis, cost-benefit analyses, policy and procedural reviews, and statistical analyses to identify, determine, and monitor nationwide medical costs and trends in order to accurately develop and maintain OWCP's Fee Schedule, which provides reimbursements for 1.5 billion dollars in medical procedures and pharmaceuticals annually.
  • Applies formal statistical analysis skill and expertise in analyzing large, complex datasets from various local, State, and national sources such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Independently develops research plans, methods, and strategies for the purpose of identifying, defining, and analyzing key economic issues within the healthcare industry (e.g., healthcare costs; in-patient and out-patient trends; professional services; ambulatory surgical costs; etc.) and evaluates the impact of OWCP policy on the industry.
  • Develops new methods and techniques for analyzing acquired data that project and warrant national adjustments in medical fees, inflation, and other economic movements impacted by unforeseen variables.
  • Develops detailed, written economic analysis reports that are relevant to the healthcare industry in order to present highly complex data and information to a variety of audiences.
  • Performs investigative reports to address fee schedule policy questions. This involves researching, analyzing, and comparing/contrasting multiple approaches utilized by OWCP, CMS, and various States in order to adequately respond to and address complex economic and policy questions from senior officials and to recommend alternative approaches.
  • Serves as the OWCP technical representative on social insurance and/or workers' compensation panels, workgroups, etc. within the Federal government and the private sector.Back to topQUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONSQualifications Required:Basic Qualifications:

A. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the Basic Qualifications listed above applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work performing statistical analyses and conducting economic research and studies of trends (both true economic and non-economic) in medical costs in the healthcare, workers' compensation and/or the insurance industry.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.How You Will Be Evaluated:If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories

Category A - Best Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Well Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Qualified - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Economics - Knowledge of economic policy, principles, and practices, market and non-market values, and the analysis and reporting of economic data.

Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here. Back to topBENEFITS AND OTHER INFOBenefits:You can view our benefits at: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/doljobs/BenefitsPermanentVacancies.htm Other Information:The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEESBack to topHOW TO APPLYHow to Apply:Follow the 5 steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document . For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section. SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents

Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week). Otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)

Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents

Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close DateRequired Documents:The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility.

  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

– Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

Agency Contact Info:Sheree Grant

Phone: 202-693-7627

Email: grant.sheree@dol.govAgency Information:

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

200 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, District of Columbia 20210

United StatesWhat to Expect Next:Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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