Federal Transit Administration Economist, GS-0110-13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) MJ in Washington, District Of Columbia

Federal Transit Administration
FEW vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The employee in this position serves as an Economist in the Office of Policy Review and Development within the Office of Budget and Policy/Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Economist is responsible for providing technical expertise and guidance and will work with other offices in the FTA and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) as part of an economic team providing interpretive information to officials charged with the responsibility for making decisions on financial economic issues, regulatory impact analysis, and economic policy-making.

This position is perfect for mid-level economist who has expert verbal and written communication skills and has experience interpreting benefit cost/econometric analysis and other economic investment decision methods.


As a Economist, you will:

  • Conduct financial research and analysis of transit agencies’ debt management practices and debt financing mechanisms such as Capital Lease Agreements, Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (TIFIA), Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF), and Grant Anticipation Notes (GANs) and innovative procurements such as Public Private Partnerships (P3s).
  • Be responsible for the development of cost/benefit criteria for measuring the short and/or long term economic viability of transit safety, asset management, and planning programs, and the evaluation of new or changed regulations and standards.
  • Represent the FTA, (in writing or in person) as an economic authority. Respond as directed to questions and challenges raised by Congress, OMB, and the public on the economic justification of regulatory action or inaction. Serve as the technical expert in rulemakings under review in Federal court. Respond as directed (in writing or in person) on any questions on the integrity or reasonableness of the economic justification.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FTA.TBP-2016-0031

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience and education requirements.

FOR THE GS-13, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

  • Experience developing regulatory analysis including, cost/benefit criteria for measuring the short and/or long term economic viability of transit safety, asset management, and planning programs, and the evaluation of new or changed regulations and standards.
  • Experience analyzing and gathering information (i.e., rules, regulations, laws and financial and economic studies) to develop conclusions and recommend sound solutions Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Degree: Economics, that include 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 in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You may check your application status into by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.


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Other Information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

Salary Range: $92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0110-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Control Number: 453654800

Job Announcement Number: FTA.TBP-2016-0032