If you are looking to make an impact applying top-flight analytical skills to measure and understand the nation's economy, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is the right place for you.

BEA's mission, to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner, is implemented through collecting data, conducting research and analysis, developing and implementing estimation methodologies, and disseminating data.

  • BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies.
  • We produce many of the nation's most closely watched economic indicators, including gross domestic product, personal income, corporate profits, and trade in goods and services.
  • Our data products influence decisions made by government officials, businesses, and households alike.

The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used by fiscal and monetary policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Treasury.

BEA participates in the Commerce Alternative Personnel System, which provides pay for performance and a more flexible pay plan and pay structure than the standard Federal system.

BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government based on the Office of Personnel Management's annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, telework and flexible work schedule options, and a comfortable, healthy, and efficient work environment.

Federal employees can take advantage of a host of standard federal benefits, including a variety of health insurance plans to choose from, retirement plan, long term care insurance, life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan.

Health Insurance - (Federal Employees Health Benefits - FEHBP) The FEHB Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs.
Flexible Spending Accounts Flexible Spending Accounts allow you to save money for health care expenses with a Health Care or Limited Expense Health Care Flexible Spending Account.
Long Term Care Insurance (FLTCIP) Find our more information about the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP).
Life Insurance - (Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance - FEGLI) The Federal Government established the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954.
Federal Holidays Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees.
Leave Manual Find more information about leave programs here.
Thrift Savings Plan - (TSP) TSP is a retirement savings plan for Federal civilian employees serving on permanent appointments or temporary appointments of 1 year or more.
Retirement Learn more about your retirement options.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) The Employee Assistance Program provides services designed to help employees, managers, and organizations meet life challenges and remain healthy, engaged, and productive.


BEA offers a robust telework program, with employees' eligibility determined by first-line supervisors.  In recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys, the overwhelming majority of BEA employees reported satisfaction with BEA's telework opportunities. 

Flexible Work Schedules

BEA offers multiple flexible work schedules to help meet employees' work-life needs. A majority of BEA employees who responded to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey said they participate in one of the Alternative Work Schedule options and nearly all reported they were satisfied with the program. 

Metro and Transit Subsidy

BEA employees, including temporary employees and interns, committed to using mass transportation for their home to work to home commute are eligible to receive a federal transit benefit. Subsidy limits are set by Congress.

BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center in Suitland, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. The Suitland Federal Center is an award-winning, state-of-the-art workplace with on-site amenities including a cafeteria, gym, health center, and child development center. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all offices together in one location.

The Suitland Federal Center is conveniently located adjacent to the Suitland Metro Station, about 15 to 25 minutes from downtown Washington. Employees who choose to commute by Metro are eligible for transit benefits. Those who choose to drive have access to free on-site parking, and a variety of vanpools, carpools, and bus lines are also available.

Living in and around the nation's capital means there's plenty to explore outside of working hours. The dynamic Washington, D.C., metro area – including parts of Maryland and Virginia – is home to the Smithsonian and numerous other museums and public parks, restaurants, and entertainment and sports venues. The area hosts a variety of cultural festivals and events throughout the year. Those living in D.C. and the surrounding areas can fly through three airports and enjoy convenient access to travel on the Amtrak, MARC, and VRE train lines.

BEA cultivates the expertise of their employees on the job, while simultaneously encouraging and supporting outside training opportunities. Although BEA employs varying types of Federal Government professionals, most of our employees work in one of the following career paths.

Employees joining BEA should expect a collaborative, team-based work environment focused on:

  • Data analysis
  • Statistical programming
  • Technical writing and presentation
  • Research
  • Meeting deadlines


BEA economists analyze and transform diverse source data using subject matter expertise to create the nation's most closely watched statistics. Economists focus on specific sectors of the United States economy and are considered experts in their fields. BEA hires economists with bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and Ph.Ds in economics and related fields, with varying levels of experience. While the main focus of BEA is macroeconomics, economists come to the Bureau with a wide variety of micro- and macro-economic backgrounds.

Economists produce economic measures such as gross domestic product (GDP); GDP by state and county; GDP by industry; personal income for the U.S., states, and counties; balance of payments and trade; and direct investment. Economists are responsible for estimating and explaining their specific component of these measures through reports and presentations. Drawing upon their knowledge and experience, economists develop and implement new methodologies to enhance these measures and to conduct research on economic concepts and trends.

BEA typically hires research economists with Ph.Ds in economics. Research economists are responsible for laying the scientific groundwork for innovations to improve existing BEA estimates, create new estimates sought by businesses, policymakers, and the public, and address measurement challenges. For example, BEA researchers have explored how best to use and possibly apply predictive techniques, such as statistical nowcasting methods and machine learning methods, including random forests and extreme gradient boosting. Researchers also improve estimates by attempting to fill-in longstanding gaps in measurement, such as intangible assets and new technologies. Researchers are frequently invited to present their work at academic and other forums or have their work published in journals and in other publications.


BEA accountants analyze accounting data and economic data that feed into various BEA statistics. Data is collected primarily on survey reports and are reviewed by accountants for consistency, completeness, and compliance in accordance with reporting requirements and generally accepted accounting principles. Accountants possess knowledge of computer processing techniques, strong customer service skills, and the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Other duties include checking reports for consistency with internal and external data, investigating and resolving discrepancies, and recommending or implementing changes in the information collected. BEA hires accountants with bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting, finance, and other related fields, with varying levels of experience.

Training and development opportunities are provided to all staff on an ongoing basis, throughout all stages of their careers. Special programs for BEA employees include:

Diversity and Inclusion Council

BEA is committed to fostering a culture of acceptance and respect. BEA's Diversity and Inclusion Council engages staff through open discussion and active listening to influence policies and practices to promote a work environment that values the diversity of views, experience, and expertise of all individuals.

Change Committees

Each year, BEA convenes a Change Committee, comprised of employees at all levels of the organization, to solicit additional input on workplace topics addressed in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and to make recommendations to shape the future of BEA. Recent initiatives have focused on enhancements to BEA's physical space, increasing bureau-wide collaboration and communication, leadership development, and the expansion of telework and alternative work schedules.

Training Programs

  • Individual Development Plan
    BEA encourages employees to work toward their career goals by creating Individual Development Plans. Employees coordinate with their supervisors to develop a personalized, flexible career action roadmap that reflects the employee's personal and professional goals.
  • Aspiring Leaders Program
    The Aspiring Leaders Program enhances the leadership potential of non-supervisory employees through a focus on leadership fundamentals, communication, problem-solving, and innovation. This program is part of an overall effort to build a diverse and high-performing workforce and enable talented individuals to assume more responsibility and leadership.
  • Mentoring Program
    BEA's Mentoring Program is tailored to employees' needs and helps them build stronger relationships with colleagues, while increasing their professional knowledge and skills.

Applications are accepted via www.USAJOBS.gov. More information on how to use USAJOBS.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants are encouraged to pay attention to the "Who May Apply" section of announcements. Current and former Federal employees (Status Candidates/Merit Promotion Candidates) are encouraged to apply to the vacancy announcement that has been identified as "Merit Assignment Procedures (MAP)" or one open to all "Status Candidates." Applicants should contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement for further questions.

Welcome to BEA! We can't wait for your first day! Make sure you read the below to make sure you have everything you need to get started.

You must complete the below listed forms by the date identified in your offer letter, usually no later than one (1) week before your scheduled orientation day. For assistance or questions contact Census Staffing and Consulting Services (CSCS) at 301-763-5667.

Two (2) Completed Fingerprint Cards
Contact Census Investigative Services at (877) 615-2585 or (301) 763-4191 to arrange a fingerprinting appointment at the Suitland Federal Center or to arrange for receipt fingerprinting instructions for new employees living outside the National Capital Region.

I–9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
Complete section one (1) only. Please include copies of two forms of I.D. from the approved list on the I–9 form (one of which must be a federal or state-issued picture I.D.) You must bring the originals of your two forms of I.D. to orientation.

OF–306 Declaration of Federal Employment
If your answer is YES to any of the questions on the OF–306, please contact CSCS immediately. Remember to sign and date section 17a with the date of your offer letter. Do not sign section 17b.

e-QIP Applicant Release Form and Certification Statement
Visit the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) Web site to complete the online questionnaire by the date identified in your offer letter. Review the Guide for e-QIP Applicants prior to beginning your questionnaire. Print the release form and the certification statement before exiting the e-QIP Web site to submit. If you experience problems with the e-QIP site, please contact CSCS.

If, for some reason, you have not completed and submitted the required documents by the date identified in your offer letter, you will not be able to begin your employment. You must contact the CSCS staff to establish a new orientation date.

Visitor Information Directions, arrival gates, etc.

  • BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center at 4600 Silver Hill Road Suitland, MD 20746.
  • We are right next to the Suitland stop on Metro's green line and also offer free parking for those who prefer to drive.
  • There are also vanpool and carpool options available.

Travel Directions & Campus Access

In your new hire packet, you should have received a temporary badge and parking permit, make sure you bring those with you on your first day.

Be sure to also complete the forms listed below and bring them with you to orientation. If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Harmon, (301) 763-5667 (sylvia.harmon@census.gov). You are also more than welcome to make note of the questions and hold them until your orientation date.

You must fill out each document listed below even if you have already done so before.

Please use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

Required Documentation  
Form SF-144 - Statement of Prior Federal Service PDF The purpose of the Statement of Prior Federal Service form is to give you credit for any previous Federal service that is not listed on your original resume. This information is used to give you proper credit for leave benefits, retirement and retention status in case of a reduction-in-force (RIF). You are requested to complete this form even if you have no prior Federal service as it is filed in your personal electronic official personnel folder (eOPF).
I–9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Please bring two forms of identification from the approved list on the I–9 form, one of which must be a federal- or state-issued picture I.D.
OF–306 Declaration for Federal Employment Form PDF Complete the form in its entirety. Note: sign section 17a with the date you received your offer letter and leave 17b blank until orientation when you will be sworn in and appointed.
CD–525 Employee Address Form PDF Please use your local address, whether it is temporary or permanent, to complete this form.
CD–314 Statement Relating to Employee Responsibilities and Conduct Form PDF Review the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees. This form must be completed as proof that you have read and understand your responsibilities.
SF–181 Ethnicity and Race Identification Form PDF The information collected on this form is used for statistical purposes only and will not affect your employment.
SF–256 Self-Identification of Disability Form PDF The information collected on this form is used for statistical purposes only and will not affect your employment.
Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration Form PDF If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and want to work for the federal government, you must complete this form.
Uniformed Service Status PDF Everyone must complete this form, regardless of prior military service. Check the appropriate box that identifies either no prior service or the type of prior service you have had.
SF–1199A Direct Deposit Sign-Up Form (GSA website) PDF When completing this form, the banking information must either be completed by your bank or you must attach a voided check.
W–4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Form PDF We are not authorized to provide tax guidance. We recommend that you consult with your family and/or seek guidance from the IRS.
Withholding Exemption Certificate We are not authorized to provide tax guidance. We recommend that you consult with your family and/or seek guidance from the IRS.

Please complete only one of the following based on where you currently live. Directions are included within each form.
Eligibility for Supervisory Performance Pay Memorandum PDF For new supervisors only. Please sign to acknowledge the rules of supervisory performance pay under the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS).

BEA is a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.