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Research Assistant

Research, Markets, & Regulations - Research
Closing date:
Washington, DC
30, 40 See information on grades and base pay ranges
Who may apply:
Open to All US Citizens (Excepted service – Term Only)


This position is located at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of RESEARCH. The purpose of this position is collect and analyze data from primary sources, develop reliable reports, and prepare economic, statistical, or financial analyses on well-defined questions.

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The following are the duties of this position at the CN-51, broadly equivalent to the GS-11. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  1. Develop and maintain shared databases; manage the timeliness and integrity of data; maintain documentation of database contents and data flows to ensure that future verification and reproduction of results can take place, coordinating activities of others as needed; produce reports and provide information on database contents to support the requirements of management, data maintainers, and data user.
  2. Apply a variety of economic and statistical analysis and modeling techniques that are used by economists, psychologists, and statisticians for research. Perform straightforward mathematical and statistical calculations to support research and monitoring of policy developments.
  3. Develop expertise in straightforward statistical sampling and modeling to provide technical assistance to researchers and policy analysts. Monitor and report on current developments in assigned consumer financial area.
  4. Make modifications in existing data gathering and statistical reporting procedures and assists in review and adoption of new procedures, applying in-depth knowledge of the source data and data manipulation techniques. Seek out innovative, new sources of data to improve quality of analysis and incorporate them into analysis.
  5. Keep abreast of and write segments of reports on economic or financial developments, and perform systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of economic data to support findings.

Travel Required

  • Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Promotion Potential

  • 51

Supervisory Status

  • No

A new hire's direct and overall experience are critical factors in determining a salary offer, it is important that your resume fully reflects all of your work experience. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau determines the salary offer for each selectee based primarily on three key factors:

  • The selectee's directly related experience at the same level as the position
  • The selectee's overall experience in a particular industry or area
  • The salaries of other Bureau employees in similar positions and with similar levels of experience.

We also take the selectee's skill set into account. Applicants should note that salary offers seldom fall near the upper end of the salary range as listed in this vacancy announcement. Salary may be set from the minimum of the salary range to the midpoint of the salary range. In some instances, based on a selectee's extensive experience directly related to the position, salary may be set at or above the mid-point up to the maximum salary for that band level. See information on our base pay ranges and salary structure.

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Open to All US Citizens (Excepted service – Term Only)

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens. This position is being filled under CFPB's excepted service authority. Appointment under this authority does not convey competitive status.

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