U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

This position is in Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Compliance (OC), Planning, Measures, and Oversight Division (PMOD), National Planning and Measures Branch (NPMB).  If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.  About OECA


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You will:

  • Provide technical, data, economic and policy analysis to OECA and other EPA offices such as regional EPA offices, as well as external stakeholders, in the implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines that directly affect EPA’s enforcement and compliance assurance
  • Responsible for developing analytic methods and tools to evaluate strategies for achieving cost-effective environmental compliance, including approaches that promote compliance or deter non-compliance by addressing economic externalities or using economic incentives.
  • Develop systems for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental and economic data sets.
  • Develop and maintain sound relationships with professional peers in relevant disciplines to obtain comments, suggestions, and critical reviews of evaluation of compliance programs.
  • Responsible for written and verbal communication of findings to senior level management in the Agency through memos, briefings, and other official documents and meetings.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be required to travel 25% or less of each month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.


This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.



In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as assessing health and environmental problems by applying quantitative analytical skills; conducting economic studies; and preparing written analyses in support of environmental enforcement or compliance.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 

  • Ability to facilitate the design of new compliance programs to augment existing enforcement and compliance assurance programs.
  • Ability to develop analytical tools.
  • Ability to asses compliance rates.
  • Ability to investigate and develop cost effective tools that could improve environmental compliance rates.
  • Knowledge in providing oversight and review of compliance analyses.
  • Skill to initiate, lead, participate and contribute expertise in Agency work groups and establish contacts.
  • Ability to review written work products.
  • Skill in verbal communication.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.



You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in 

  1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


  2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Examples of qualifying experience include:

  1. individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
  2. supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  3. teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and 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.

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