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: Current/former Federal employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act eligibles.

Also being advertised as job announcement #DE-18-HRC-OWCP-036 for non-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 Rehabilittion (BMSR). The mission of OWCP is to administer four major disability compensation progams 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.


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.


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 time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.How You Will Be Evaluated:Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

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). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here. Back to topBENEFITS AND OTHER INFOBenefits:You can view our benefits at: 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, 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, 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. 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.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

  • Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles MUST submit. * Warning: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step. Ensure you submit your most recent SF-50 indicating grade, step and competitive status to establish your eligibility for this position.

The following documents are required if applicable:

  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility.
  • DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)
  • 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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