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Economist - Direct Hire

Internal Revenue Service
$69,107.00 - $183,500.00 / yr
United States, California, Chico
December 01, 2023
Duties

This Vacancy announcement will be for the following Divisions.

WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL (LB&I)
DIVISION?

WHAT IS THE APPEALS (AP) DIVISION?

WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF EMPLOYED (SB/SE) DIVISION?

WHAT IS THE RESEARCH, APPLIED ANALYTICS AND STATISTICS (RAAS) DIVISION?

WHAT IS THE EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (ED/CMO)DIVISION? NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

WHAT IS THE ENTERPRISE CASE MANAGEMENT OFFICE (ECMO)?


A description of the business units can be found at:

If you are selected for a position with promotion potential, you will receive training to help you grow in the position. For jobs with promotion potential, promotions may occur after you have:


  • Met time-in-grade requirements.
  • Performed at an acceptable level of competence.
  • Demonstrated your ability to perform work at the next higher grade level.



The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Performs a wide variety of economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives. This involves analyzing long-range effectiveness associated with the issues and resulting recommendations.
  • Provides senior management with analyses of problems and authoritative economic advice on important decisions, which must be made under condition of uncertainty, such as changes in the future economic and demographic environment or technology, or changes in managerial priorities.
  • Using computers and appropriate software, constructs and manipulates models of alternative proposals to determine the efficacy of proposed policies and procedures.
  • Prepares written narrative and/or briefing materials explaining the methodology used and supporting recommendations derived from the analyses. Written material concerning proposals and recommendations may be presented to high-level management and used by the highest levels of IRS management in discussions with Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Accounting Office (GAO), and Congress.
  • Develops and evaluates quantitative data to determine the relative effectiveness of various approaches to redesigning IRS work processes. If warranted, recommends different courses of action.
  • Represent the office at meetings with other Executive Branch agencies, Congressional staff, and external stakeholders, and presents the Service's position on the matter(s) under discussion. Researches agreement with others within the scope of the incumbent's authority.
  • Plans and carries out projects for collecting detailed economic data from primary sources.

Requirements
Conditions of Employment


  • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.


Qualifications
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement OR time of referral:

BASIC REQUIREMENT (IOR) : To be basically qualified for an Economist position, you must meet the basic requirement (positive education requirement) below: You must have 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. OR

Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Examples of qualifying experience include (this list is not all inclusive): a. Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusion and report preparation; b. Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or c. Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and include one of the following: (1) personal research that produced evidence of results; (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in economics.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-11 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience with the methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; experience applying statistical principles and practices; experience in current research procedures and techniques; experience with Economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, present and prior tax laws, and the impact of proposed law changes on research projects. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Independently performing several or all of the steps necessary to complete a project for collecting economic data (e.g., employment statistics or marketing data) from primary sources such as records of business firms; Assuming responsibility for various phases of initiation, planning, execution and control of special studies or projects; Resolving complex technical problems or errors that require professional attention; Monitoring effective use of resources to advise supervisors of necessary remedial action or changes; and Performing research to locate new sources of data and analysis. OR

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics. OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics. OR

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in economics. OR

A combination of education and experience equivalent to that described above.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience applying techniques to analyze and address complex and multidisciplinary issues pertaining to strategic planning, public policy, or public administration; experience with advanced theories and concepts of management science and the associated level of experience evaluating and redesigning of work processes and/or programs; experience with computer applications to prepare written reports, spreadsheets, statistical tables, flowcharts, and visual presentations that incorporate quantitative and qualitative analysis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Assisting higher-level economists in the performance of a wide variety of economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives. This involves analyzing long-range effectiveness associated with the issues and resulting recommendations. Preparing written narrative and/or briefing materials explaining the methodology used and supporting recommendations derived from the analyses. Assisting in the development and evaluation of quantitative data to determine the relative effectiveness of various approaches to redesigning work processes and recommending different courses of action.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in the application of quantitative techniques to analyze and address complex and multidisciplinary issues pertaining to strategic planning, public policy, or public administration; experience applying principles, concepts, and methodologies associated with economic theory, mathematical modeling, econometrics, statistics and related fields gained through graduate education or experience; experience working complex work assignments; experience selecting, organizing, and presenting appropriate information in a concise and coherent manner and relating such information to areas of economic policy; experience in negotiations and interpersonal skills to obtain information, data and intelligence from others. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Performing a wide variety of economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives. Providing senior management with analyses of problems for decisions that must be made under condition of uncertainty, such as changes in the future economic and demographic environment or technology, or changes in managerial priorities. Evaluating quantitative data to determine the effectiveness of various approaches to redesign work processes. Preparation of written narrative and/or briefing materials explaining the methodology used and supporting recommendations derived from analyses.

Qulifications will be continued in the Education section.
Education

Qualifications Continued:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-14 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience applying quantitative techniques to analyze and address complex and multi-disciplinary issues pertaining to strategic planning, public policy, or public administration and to provide senior management with economic analysis of major issues, to extend & refine existing methodologies, and to develop new approaches to the analysis of assigned topics and to prepare policy options with the action plans to implement them; experience working with advanced theories and concepts of management science and an associated level of experience evaluating and redesigning various programs. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Initiating and conducting a wide variety of complex economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives - which involves analyzing long-range effectiveness associated with the issues and resulting recommendations; Providing expert technical advice concerning official action that will affect the economy; Providing advice, counsel and recommendations to other economists and operating officials based on findings, interpretations and informal suggestions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-15 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience with the principles, concepts, and theories of economics and experience in using these as a framework for analysis. Experience with quantitative skills and the application of quantitative techniques to analyze and address complex and multidisciplinary issues pertaining in the social sciences in general and to tax administration, public policy, or public administration in particular or relevant and transferable experience in other areas. Experience providing senior management with economic analysis of important questions and issues, to extend and refine existing methodologies, and to develop new approaches to the analysis of assigned topics and to prepare policy options with the action plans to implement them. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Initiating and conducting a wide variety of complex economic analysis and studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives - which involves analyzing long-range effectiveness associated with the issues and resulting recommendations; Conducting similar studies in other subject areas; Providing expert technical advice concerning official action that will affect the economy; Providing advice, counsel and recommendations to other economists and operating officials based on findings, interpretations and informal suggestions.

For more information on qualifications please refer to .

Education:

For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
  • This Vacancy will be used to fill Non-Bargaining and Bargaining unit positions, which will be determined at the time of selection.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, with start and stop times between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Relocation expenses - No.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position will be conditional on obtaining and maintaining a High Risk Security Clearance.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Appointment types for this vacacny are Permanent, Temporary and TERM.


Though many locations may be listed, you will be limited to a maximum of 5 location choices. Please consider each location carefully when applying. If you are selected for a position at one of your location selections, that location will become your official post of duty.

This is an open continuous announcement which allows applicants to apply up to the closing date of the announcement, 11/30/2023 . This announcement will establish an inventory of applicants. Contingent upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they come available. 2nd cutoff 04/28/2023; 3rd cutoff 07/07/2023.


  • A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.



  1. Online Application - Questionnaire
  2. Education - See Education Section above
  3. Registration/License (If Applicable) - active, current registration/license
  4. Military Spouses (If Applicable) - You MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have since remarried.
  5. Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation (If Applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action form which shows your current grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 reflects "1" and your "tenure" block reflects "1" or "2".) If you are applying for a higher grade, it is recommended to provide an SF-50(s) (or equivalent) which clearly demonstrates you meet the 52-week time-in-grade requirement (e.g., Promotion with an effective date more than one (1) year old, Within-Grade-Increase at the highest grade held).
  6. High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your education.


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
How to Apply

This Direct Hire Public Notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection. Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Applicants will be referred on a first in, first out basis. Those applicants who are applying earlier in the process will stand a much better chance of being referred for consideration in the selection process.

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 11/30/2023 in this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on 11/30/2023.
To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:


  • To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button.
  • You will be re-directed to USA STAFFING to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).
  • To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/30/2023.


To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .
Agency contact information

(ERC) Employee Resource Center

Phone

Email

Website
Address

Internal Revenue Service - IRS

1111 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC 20224

US

Next steps

Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at . We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Once your application package and online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. If your email mailbox is full or blocked (SPAM) you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.



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