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. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, telework and alternative 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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Health Insurance - (Federal Employees Health Benefits - FEHBP)||The FEHB Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs.|
|Life Insurance - (Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance - FEGLI)||The Federal Government established the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954.|
|Long Term Care Insurance (FLTCIP)||Find our more information about the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP).|
|Retirement||Learn more about your retirement options.|
|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.|
|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.|
BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The SFC is an award-winning, state-of-the-art workplace conveniently located directly off the Suitland Metro stop; free parking and a variety of vanpools, carpools, and bus lines are also available. On-site amenities include a cafeteria, gym, health center, and child development center.
BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely comprised of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals.
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
- 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.
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 these forms by the date identified in your offer letter, usually no later than one (1) week before your scheduled orientation day. You will receive a pre-addressed envelope to use for returning the information to the Census Hiring and Employment Check (CHEC) staff. If you have questions regarding the completion of any of the listed forms or the fingerprinting process, please call the CHEC staff at (877) 615–2585.
|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 PDF||If your answer is YES to any of the questions on the OF–306, please contact Kimberly Blackman immediately at (301) 278-9061 (Kimberly.Blackman@bea.gov). Remember to sign and date section 17a with the date of your offer letter. Do not sign section 17b.|
|Two (2) Completed Fingerprint Cards||You will receive two fingerprint cards in the mail on which fingerprinting must be completed. If you live in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, you can make an appointment with the CHEC office to be fingerprinted at no cost. You may also visit your local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted; there may be a cost for this service.|
|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 Quick Reference 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 the CHEC staff at (877) 615–2585.|
|Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Applicant Training Completion Certificate||Visit the Office of Security Web site and complete the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) applicant training. Submit a copy of your completion certificate to the CHEC staff along with the other documents listed above.|
|An original/sealed copy of your transcripts (if requested in offer letter)|
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 CHEC 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.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
|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.