US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC
Senior Financial Economist

The GAO seeks to hire one or more Senior Financial Economists to support its work conducted through its Applied Research and Methods and/or its Financial Markets and Community Investment teams in Washington D.C.

WHO WE ARE: GAO, the audit, evaluation and investigative arm of the Congress, exists to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American People. GAO examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs, regulations and policies; provides analyses, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make informed oversight, policy, and funding decisions. Our financial markets group supports Congress by helping to ensure that U.S. financial markets function smoothly and effectively. The applied research group includes the Center for Economics which is made up of economists with expertise in designing and executing appropriate methodologies.

WHAT GAO OFFERS: Opportunities to conduct original research using proprietary data; opportunities to work on cutting edge and highly relevant issues; the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects that provide direct benefits to the American people; interaction with important stakeholders including Congress, agency officials, academics and private sector players; flexible work schedule; a family-friendly environment and telework options.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Highly qualified candidates will have obtained or are currently pursuing an advanced degree in economics or finance with solid training in applying empirical methods and econometrics. Candidates must have one year experience applying economic theory to real-world issues, modeling complex economic concepts using data and presenting concise explanations of complex analyses to non-economists. While knowledge of financial economics is desired, strong candidates with backgrounds in applied micro and macroeconomics will be considered. The ideal candidate will have the skills necessary to work in a team-based, multidisciplinary environment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates must complete an application through USAJOBS, Announcement number: GAO-12-FMCI-0110-02. See:

IMPORTANT DETAILS: Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis starting July 3, 2012. The final deadline for submitting applications is August 16, 2012. Your application must be 100% complete, including the submission of all required documentation, for further consideration. If you are unsure about the completeness of your application please contact the Human Capital representative below. No prior government experience is necessary but United States citizenship is required. The announcement includes some information which is relevant only to government employees, including a request for additional documentation. If you are not a government employee please ignore this information but highlight your relevant academic and private sector skills and experience.

FURTHER INFORMATION: If you have any additional questions, please email Allison Y. Powell at: 202-512-5502 or

The GAO is and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7/23/12