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The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
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The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Economist position in the Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC) located in Arlington, VA. The RARC group conducts research and analysis on economic, business, and public policy issues pertaining to the Postal Service. The successful candidate will help gather and analyze data, research economic and public policy issues, conduct quantitative studies, prepare executive presentations, manage and work with contractors, and write analytical reports pertaining to the postal industry and Postal Service economics and operations. For this position, the successful candidate should be capable of finding innovative ways to relay complicated information to a non-technical audience.
Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 will be considered.
The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.
This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS 9 - GS -13. The salary range for this position is $52,146 - $116,901. The salary figures include locality pay. Promotion potential to a GS-13 equivalent at management's discretion.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Must be a US Citizen Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination Must be able to pass a background investigation Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card May be required to complete a 12-month probationary period May be required to take a writing assessment
Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.
Responsible for economic research, analytical techniques for economic studies and conducting analysis of economic issues
Identifies problems, assesses the adequacy of existing programs, and recommends changes
Conducts policy oriented research in development of innovative approaches to existing and new problems in an economic field
Applies economic analysis, quantitative techniques, and qualitative research to produce white papers in the study of financial, economic, business, and policy issues
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
You must meet _ALL_ of the minimum qualifications listed below.
Bachelor's degree in economics; or any degree and courses including at least 21 semester hours in economics, and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus
EVALUATION FACTORS
Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume. Please also upload a separate statement of no more than two pages showing how your skills, experience, education, and/or training address the evaluation factors for this vacancy.
Knowledge of economics, particularly in the area of policy research
Ability to conduct research and analysis, and develop analytical reports or white papers
Quantitative skills for the purpose of determining systemic or procedural problems and developing findings and recommendations
Ability to express and present ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
Familiarity with innovative techniques for conveying complex information to a non-technical audience
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
An advanced degree or advanced studies in economics, public policy, business administration, mathematics, data analysis, public finance, political science, actuarial science, or any other related discipline
Previous experience writing for a nontechnical audience or a degree or advanced courses in English, Communications, or Journalism
Knowledge of Postal Service business and operations
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and analytical software
APPLY THROUGH THE USAJOBS WEBSITE:
When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to create or select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents or to upload required or applicable documents.
Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload , you must complete this Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID 1176132 and fax to .
To verify your application is complete , log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.
You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, August 06, 2014;
1. RESUME. Required : When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT: You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.
2. STATEMENT ADDRESSING EVALUATION FACTORS. Required: Upload and save as "Other" document. Please upload a separate statement of no more than two pages showing how your skills, experience, education, and/or training address the evaluation factors for this vacancy.
3. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE . Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. ( Required : You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process)
4. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:
Certificates or Licenses , if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document.
Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( ) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at , and can download a copy of their VA letter from . (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)
TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued. Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: . Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit: . _
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED
The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to address a factor in the narrative section; receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview and/or writing assessment. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. _NOTE:_If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered _NOT QUALIFIED_for the position and rated _ineligible_.
Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:
Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options. For more information about these programs visit .
Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see and /.
Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.
Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.
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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt(Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).
This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call . The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

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