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IRS Pathways Recent Graduate Program (Statistician)

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US Internal Revenue Service


$35,940 – $84,732 a year

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The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: Students & Recent Graduates.

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If selected into Recent Graduates Program, you will be placed in a position as Statistician, GS-1530, Career Ladder 5/7/9 with promotion potential to the GS-12 in the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) division.

WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF-EMPLOYED DIVISION? The Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division provides examinations and taxpayer education services for about 7 million small businesses and upwards of 33 million self-employed and supplemental income taxpayers.

WHAT DOES A STATISTICIAN DO? As a Statistician you will be responsible to design, develop, and implementing statistical projects, studies, and proposals that affect the programs and policies of the Internal Revenue Service. You will be required to provide professional assistance to senior staff members or management.

The following are the duties of a Statistician at the GS-12. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Provide assistance to analysts when initiating, planning, implementing, controlling, modifying and executing all or part of an entire research project The projects include such tasks as formulation of workload estimates for program segments, specification of the methodology, preparation of appropriate procedures, and review of computer systems specifications, materials and instructions needed for assuring the adequacy of the study’s designs.
  • Assists other analysts in determining the scope, goals and schedules for future programs in the staff. Acts as a troubleshooter in resolving bottlenecks in a particular step in a nationwide program or research project.
  • Working with higher graded analysts, help to resolve very complex problems requiring incumbent’s in-depth statistical and subject matter knowledge.
  • Assumes responsibility for the efficient use of available staff and resources within assigned subject-matter projects. Monitors such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes. Recommends the use of automated data processing methods and statistical techniques used in the Division.
  • Produces tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages.
  • Reviews statistical and tax literature for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research process and also as a means of helping to evaluate the reasonableness of the data. Performs an in-depth review and analysis for reasonableness and accuracy of all material produced for a given study and provides guidance in this task to lower grade professionals based on incumbent’s in-depth knowledge of research requirements.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at


Travel Required

25% or less – 1-5 nights/month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1530 Statistics

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Refer to Other Information.
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    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


    In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If for any reason you do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.



    In the Recent Graduates Program you may qualify based solely on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (ALL GRADE LEVELS): A Bachelor’s degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing


    Combination of education and experience – courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.


    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    GS-05 LEVEL: Applicants must meet the basic requirement as described above.

    GS-07 LEVEL: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade GS-05, or equivalent in other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes technical application of statistical techniques to research data and interpretation of the results at the developmental level; assisting in assignments that cover miscellaneous duties related to the problems assigned to higher graded mathematical statisticians and analysts. Such skills are typically gained in the statistical or mathematical field or through performance of work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the statistical analysis efforts were required to facilitate the basic duties.

    EDUCATION: One (1) year of graduate level education at an accredited college or university in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.

    EDUCATION: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) may be met by having a Bachelor’s degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

    COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equivalent to the amount required.

    GS-09 LEVEL: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade GS-07, or equivalent in other pay systems in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes basic comprehension of statistical and mathematical theories and techniques that relate to experimental design, data analysis, sampling, forecasting, quality control, and operations research; basic professional knowledge of the methods and principles of mathematical statistics and their application to relevant IRS projects and studies; skill in researching and gathering pertinent data from a wide variety of sources, and presenting the data in a professional manner; ability to conduct statistical analysis and make recommendations on the results; skills in project planning techniques that can be used to plan develop and evaluate programs; experience using knowledge of systems analysis techniques and cost benefit analysis and skills in the use of statistical software packages and computer database tools.

    EDUCATION: Master’s degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree at an accredited college or university in a related field of study such as mathematics or statistics.

    COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of experience and education equivalent to the amount required.

    In addition to the above you must have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.
    • Veterans (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108) who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran’s eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.
    • The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
    • To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

    TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold a GS position or have previously held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you must meet the time-in-grade requirement.



    This position has an education requirement. You MUST submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

    CERTIFICATE: If you are qualifying based on a certificate program, please refer to Treasury’s Pathways Program for more information on qualifying certificate programs. A Certificate program is a post-secondary educational program, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one full- time academic year of study, that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational or business school curriculum.

    For more information on education requirements go to Treasury’s Pathways Program.


    Additional information


    Positions are located in Small Business/Self-Employed Operations Support, Business Development Research at any of the following locations:

    • 1999 Broadway, Denver, CO
    • 24000 Avila Road, Laguna Niguel, CA
    • 401 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA
    • 7850 S. W. 6th Court, Plantation, FL
    • 30 East Seventh Street, Wells Fargo Place, St. Paul, MN
    • 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
    • 5000 Ellin Rd, Lanham-Seabrook, MD
    • 300 E. Eighth Street, Austin, TX
    • 55 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
    • 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC
    • 915 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA
    • 985 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI
    • 211 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: (GS-05) PD 93578, (GS-07) PD 93577, (GS-09) PD 93576
    A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at:


    • All selectees must sign a Participant Agreement.
    • An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
    • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (actual TOD will be defined at job offer)
    • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
    • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be ranked in accordance with the Service’s Merit Promotion Plan (i.e., National Agreement or Internal Revenue Manual). Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    To preview questions please click here.


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents


    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of enrollment or education (see education documentation required) and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You must submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION: IRS Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

    IRS REASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE PROGRAM (RPP): You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS: Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.


    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.


    As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



This job is open to

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.

Clarification from the agency

Recent Graduates (US Citizens/Nationals) completing a qualifying degree/certificate within the last 2 yrs. of this application date (or will graduate 9 mo’s from this application date) may apply. Veterans (5 USC 2108) unable to apply due to military service during this 2-yr. period may have their eligibility extended to receive the full 2 yrs. of eligibility. The remaining 2-yr. eligibility period begins upon release from active duty and may not extend beyond 6 yrs. from completion of study.

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